Cars are swallowed by a sinkhole in the southern Italian town of Gallipoli on March 30, 2007.
After flooding in Duluth, Minn., on June 20, 2012, a woman stands in a sunken road.
A sinkhole appears at 129 South in Live Oak, Fla., on June 27, 2012.
A car wallows in a sinkhole after flooding in Duluth, Minn., on June 20, 2012.
A man peers into a 40-foot sinkhole that appeared under a retiree's bed in Guatemala City on July 19, 2011.
A firefighter inspects a sinkhole inside a property housing 10 families in Guatemala City on June 18, 2010.
A sinkhole is seen developing inside a property that houses 10 families in Guatemala City on June 18, 2010.
A man throws a rock into a sinkhole near Qingquan primary school in Dachegnqiao town of Ningxiang, Hunan province, China on June 15, 2010.
Policemen attempt removal of a lamppost next to a sinkhole caused by rains in Guatemala City on May 30, 2010.
A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City on May 31, 2010.
A soldier gazes into a massive sinkhole caused by Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City on June 2, 2010.
A massive sinkhole created by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City on June 1, 2010.
Policemen confer beside a sinkhole created by rains in Guatemala City on May 30, 2010.
A security guard ponders at a sinkhole in Guatemala City on May 30, 2010.
A gaping sinkhole that devoured several homes is seen in Guatemala City on Feb. 23, 2007.
An aerial view of a large crater that formed in the central German town of Schmalkalden on Nov. 1, 2010.
A rescue worker gestures to colleagues across a devastating sinkhole that consumed several residences in Guatemala City on Feb. 23, 2007.
View of a tremendous sinkhole that swallowed numerous homes is seen in Guatemala City on Feb. 23, 2007.
When late Florida resident Jeffrey Bush was swallowed deep into the maw of a sinkhole that opened up beneath his bedroom recently, it brought to light the spontaneous horror that Mother Nature is capable of. The holes, caused by chemically dissolving rock, can range in size from roughly 3 feet to a monstrous 2,000 feet, and can form quite suddenly, as exemplified by the tragedy in Florida. Check out these 18 images from around the planet — sinkholes aren’t particular — that’ll make you think twice about where you step.
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