One woman saw her car sucked into the earth outside of a tanning salon near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tuesday.
A sinkhole measuring nearly 50 feet long and 20 feet wide opened in the parking lot near McKnight Road in Ross Township, KDKA reported.
According to the report, heavy rains caused a storm drain runoff pipe to collapse leading to the formation of the sinkhole.
The woman was able to escape the vehicle before it was devoured by the caving parking lot, KDKA reported.
Sinkholes differ from landslides, but are also a direct result of precipitation and gravity acting upon the earth. Unlike landslides, sinkholes are even harder to predict since erosion beneath the surface is a direct cause of failure.
Landslides and sinkholes can suck down structures, vehicles and thousands of people instantly in a cataclysmic dive. Hundreds of thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damages are caused by these events each year. Adding to the danger, it is difficult to predict where or when these events will occur.
"Geologically, a sinkhole is a depression in the ground that has no natural external surface drainage," the U.S. Geological Survey reports. "Basically this means that when it rains, all of the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface."
Areas with rocks that are soluble to groundwater are at the highest risk for sinkholes. Pennsylvania is one of the states most prone to their occurrence, according to the USGS.
No injuries were reported.
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Centre County, PA (1792)
Quote from the diary of William Colbert, a Methodist Circuit Rider up in Centre County: "A very cold morning. It was surprising to see so much snow on the ground at this season of the year. The limbs of the peach trees broke, and large limbs of the oaks broke down, and saplings bent across the road. It began to snow last night before we went to bed. I came out of my way by Lamb's to Phillip Antes."
A total of 9 inches of rain in 6 hours causes flooding on Sugar Creek.