In Photos: Astonishing Photos of Sinkholes in the United States

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A sinkhole is a depression in the ground created by erosion or water drainage. Extremely dangerous, they vary in size from a few feet across to gaping holes large enough to swallow entire buildings.

Check out some astonishing photos of sinkholes in the United States!

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St. Louis, Missouri, US

A police officer looks at a large sinkhole on June 29, 2017.


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La Habra, California, US

A crew works on cutting down pine trees inside a large sinkhole on Jan. 24, 2019.


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Studio City, California, US

Emergency personnel stand near a sinkhole that opened up on Laurel Canyon Boulevard on Feb. 17, 2017.


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Apopka, Florida, US

A home is being swallowed by a sinkhole on Sept. 19, 2017, caused by Hurricane Irma.


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Workers inspect a sinkhole caused by a water main break on Jan. 9, 2017.


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Harbor, Oregon, US

A massive sinkhole seen on Jan. 28, 2016.


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Gresham, Oregon, US

Fire and maintenance personnel look at a large sinkhole on Dec. 9, 2015.


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Meridian, Mississippi, US

A huge sinkhole opens on Nov. 9, 2015.


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New York City, New York, US

Workers tend to a sinkhole that emerged on Aug. 4, 2015.


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Corpus Christi, Texas, US

A sinkhole is seen on April 21, 2015.

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