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Massive Sinkhole in Russia Linked to Flood at Potash Mine

Gobsmacking photos have been released of a massive sinkhole, 30-40 meters in diameter, that has given locals living near a potash mine near the Ural Mountains in Russia a nasty surprise.

Investigators are examining the site and surrounding area to establish the cause however it’s believed that the nearby Solikamsk-2 potash mine flooded just prior to the sinkhole appearing. The area has also been subject to earthquakes in the past and the mine collapsed in 1995 following a series of gas explosions.

The Solikamsk-2 potash mine is owned by one of the world’s largest potash producers and exporters Uralkali.

Uralkali halted production at the mine as soon as the sinkhole appeared Russia sinkhole2and evacuated the mine.

No casualties have so far been reported, and at this stage it’s unknown if any buildings or or other property have been lost to the sinkhole.

News Source: www.mining.com

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