A very frightening phenomenon is happening all over the world, and it doesn't look like their is anything we can do about it.  Sinkholes are popping up more and more and swallowing people, cars, trees, buildings and anything else that happens to be unlucky enough to be under them.  What's going on?

In 2007, a huge sinkhole opened in Guatemala and swallowed a entire 3 story building.

Just recently, in January this year a sinkhole appeared in Northern China.

North China Sinkhole in 2013

In Florida, no one can forget this sinkhole.  Can you imagine, sleeping comfortably and all of the sudden the ground opens and swallows your entire bedroom with you in it?  It's almost unbelievable, but it happened.

To make matters worse, the sinkhole is getting bigger and neighbors surround the house have been ban from re-entering their homes.  Officials are saying it is possible that they will never be able to enter their homes again.

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Let's not forget the sinkhole right here in Louisiana in Rapids Parish Everyday, the situation is getting worse for residents were the sinkhole is in Assumption Parish.   Everyone involved, is fearing the worse as they are now eyeing a second cavern that may be too close to the Texas Brine salt dome well.  But the company responsible for those caverns, Texas Brine, is saying no one should jump to any conclusion until seismic testing is complete.

So far the 400-foot deep sinkhole has swallowed all of the trees in its area and a mandatory evacuation order has force 150 residences to be evacuated, plus theirs a fear of potential radiation and explosions as well.  To make matters worse, the sinkhole is less than 1,500 feet from a butane gas cavern.  If the current sinkhole grows, it could rupture the adjoining salt domes.  Not a good situation.  It would be a domino effect that could devastate and impact a huge area of that state (Including New Orleans).The gaping hole has a diameter of 372 feet. It is in Assumption Parish, La., about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge.

Yesterday Mark Mihal, a 43-year-old mortgage broker from Creve Couer, Mo., fell down a sinkhole that opened up under his feet while he was playing golf!  The lucky man, is thankful to be alive and only suffered a dislocated shoulder after falling down the 18-foot deep, 10-foot hole.

Mihal was on the fairway of the 14th hold at Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo when the sinkhole opened up and said, "I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn’t do anything.  I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn’t know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on.”

Mihal was rescued by his golfing partner, Ed Magaletta, who bravely climbed down into the hole.  Magaletta used rope and a 12-foot ladder that he got from course workers to hoist his friend out.