Many western Kansas residents are scratching their heads after an enormous chasm opened up overnight north of Sharon Springs and swallowed an entire pasture.
A few days ago, Dalton Hoss first noticed cracks in the ground on his property. A short time later, his meadow was gone, replaced by a gigantic pit in the ground.
‘Actually, my brother found it. He called me up and his voice was quaking and he said, “You'll never believe what I just saw,"’ Hoss told the station KWCH.
Sheriff Larry Townsend said the void is surrounded by cracks, suggesting that it is getting bigger, and at this time, there is no telling when it will stop expanding.
It remains unknown what caused the ground to open up in the first place, or how to prevent the sinkhole from swallowing more land. Experts are set to visit the site in the coming days to examine the ground.
No injuries have been reported in connection to the sinkhole so far, but concerns have been raised that people who have been flocking to the site to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring tourist attraction may be putting themselves in harm's way.
Hoss is attempting to prevent curious visitors from approaching the yawning chasm on his land for their safety.
There have been several incidents in recent months involving larger-than-life sinkholes. In July, a chasm in Toledo, Ohio, swallowed a woman's car as she was driving. Luckily, she was able to escape the vehicle alive.
In May, a New Jersey man was killed when the ground opened up beneath the warehouse where he worked.
Earlier this year, a Florida resident perished under similar circumstances when a giant chasm swallowed his home while he was sleeping inside.
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