How Do Sinkholes Form?

How Do Sinkholes Form?

A gigantic sinkhole opened in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka on November 8, 2016. It was 27 meters wide, 30 meters long and 15 meters deep. How do these terrifying natural disasters occur? Watch footage from the Japanese sinkhole below, then learn about sinkholes and how they form.

A 30-Meter Sinkhole Opens In Fukoka, Japan

Watch a live video of the November 2016 sinkhole.

How Sinkholes Form

Sinkholes could happen at any time. Learn the science behind this natural disaster.

Can Animals Predict Natural Disasters?

You may have heard that pets disappear right before an earthquake hits. Is there truth behind this claim?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Just before the 2004 tsunami, dogs, elephants, antelopes, and flamingos fled from the area. (0:22)

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    Scientists theorize that animals appear to predict disasters because they can hear their approach far better than humans. (1:04)

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    Animals may be sensitive to vibrations in the Earth or changes in pressure, enabling them to "foresee" natural disasters. (2:28)

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