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Giant sinkhole found near Solikamsk in Perm region

November 18, 2014, the mine Solikamsk-2, owned by a Russian company “Uralkali”, was partially flooded. All the miners were safely evacuated, and the work was suspended. The mine is located near the town of Solikamsk in Perm region.

After some time, 3.5 km from the mine, on the territory occupied by garden plots of Solikamsk residents, a giant sinkhole (30×40 meters) was found. Risks of expansion of the sinkhole and its danger to the city are still not fully understood.

Giant sinkhole near Solikamsk in Perm region, Russia, photo 1

“Uralkali” is the world’s largest producer of potash. The flooded mine accounts for 17.7% of the total capacity of the company. Photos from vsolikamske.ru

Giant sinkhole near Solikamsk in Perm region, Russia, photo 2

Giant sinkhole near Solikamsk in Perm region, Russia, photo 3

Giant sinkhole near Solikamsk in Perm region, Russia, photo 4

The situation 3 months later. 9 months later – the sinkhole tripled.

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