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Underwater sinkhole in the Philippines draws curiosity and fear

The apparently sudden appearance of a sinkhole in a creek in Romblon has raised concern among parents and authorities in the area.

The creek is a common play area for local kids, who love to take a dip in its cool waters. But just over the weekend, two kids were surprised to discover a 1.8-meter-deep sinkhole in their usual haunt.

Parents have since warned their kids to stay away from the creek for fear that they may be sucked into the hole.

This fear may be unfounded, however: sinkholes are usually just depressions formed by the collapse of the surface above a hidden space in the ground.

Nevertheless, there may still be the danger of a further collapse.

Chloe Wessling, a technical diver, took a closer look at the sinkhole and found that it appeared to be stable.

“When I was there I didn’t see any additional movement. Sometimes sinkholes can expand, but while I was there I didn’t see any of that,” she told GMA News’ Unang Balita.

Authorities have cautioned residents to stay away from the sinkhole for now for safety’s sake. — GMA News

Underwater sinkhole in the Philippines draws curiosity and fear

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