People are Gathering to Watch a Sinkhole Swallow a Park in Nova Scotia
A park in Oxford, N.S. has been losing ground to a growing crater that is rapidly swallowing trees, picnic benches, and portions of a parking lot. The sinkhole, which began to spread in August, exceeds 38 metres in diameter, and a nearby playground at Oxford Lions Park has been removed for cautionary measures after further cracks were found forming in the area.
— CTV News (@CTVNews) August 28, 2018
The Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines believes that the underlying gypsum of the land has dissolved due to groundwater. Amy Tizzard, a geologist with the department, told CBC that shifting of gypsum has “created a cave under this area which has collapsed to the surface and formed a sinkhole”.
There were reports of minor mudslides over Labour Day weekend, and more cracks discovered in the already crumbling parking lot area.
Spectators have flocked from all around to sneak a peak at the pit, and as per usual, twitter has chimed in creating some cracks of their own.
#LongWeekend vacationers flock to massive sinkhole in Oxford, NS. Usually the only sinkhole they visit is [INSERT NAME OF TOWN YOU DON'T LIKE HERE].
— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) September 1, 2018
— Scraggles (@jonochapman82) August 27, 2018
Oxford sinkhole Can't wait to see
Oxford sinkhole, just ate a tree
— Andy Bowers (@evilpez4) August 31, 2018
I heard the Oxford Sinkhole has taken the lead to be the next leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia
— Halifax ReTales (@HalifaxReTales) August 28, 2018
A further look at the Oxford Hole:
More video: A large rock and tree slide into the ever-growing sinkhole in #Oxford #NS . It’s now over 100 feet in diameter! Located at Lions Park across from the Tim’s, Irving and giant blueberry it’s creating some traffic problems. Also 24/7 security for safety. @CTVAtlantic pic.twitter.com/oZCN7C7z6s
— Paul Creelman (@PaulCreelmanCTV) August 27, 2018