A water main break in East Austin, Texas, May 16 caused a sinkhole to open and swallow a school bus. According to the American-Statesman, the bus driver saw that the road was damaged, but was unable to stop in time before the front tires fell into the hole.
Roads near the scene of the incident were closed so crews could work to repair the pavement. The same area was previously worked on by crews who repaired a wastewater line earlier in the year, the Statesman reported.
“The nearby intersection was closed to determine the condition of the street as the sinkhole is getting larger due to a broken underground water pipe,” said Antonio Lujan, an official for the school district.
The sinkhole was between 8 and 12 inches deep. Crews from the public works department were repaving the road where the sinkhole was located and expected the work to be completed the next day.
Sinkhole reported near San Francisco
Eight homes 100 miles north of San Francisco were evacuated and 10 other homes were on notice to be evacuated after a sinkhole opened in Lake County, Calif. The Global Post said there’s a chance that all 30 homes in the neighborhood will be evacuated if the sinkhole cannot be repaired.
The sinkhole in the California hills is slow moving and unpredictable. The cause of the sinkhole is unknown but the county’s Public Works Director Scott De Leon told the source it could be from a dormant volcano.