A major sinkhole has swallowed vehicles at a popular camping spot near Queensland’s Rainbow Beach overnight..”sounded like thunder”


sinkholeCredits to: ABC Newz

The sinkhole, bigger than a football field and several metres deep, developed at Inskip Point around midnight. A car, caravan, a camper trailer and tents were swallowed almost immediately.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) said 150-metre sinkhole is three metres deep and takes up a large part of the MV Beagle campsite. Holiday-maker Casey Hughes told ABC the sinkhole “sounded like a thunder noise” as it opened up. Fellow camper Sylvia Murray said “it was amazing to see”. “People were basically on the edge of it with their van, trying to madly get their vans out,” she said.

One woman ran screaming through nearby campsites banging on caravans and yelling for people to get out. QPWS said 140 people had been evacuated from the site. Police and SES crews were quickly on site, helping those in the immediate vicinity to leave.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran said the sinkhole near Fraser Island did not pose a threat to holiday-makers. “Certainly being the school holidays at the moment there’s quite a number of campers at Inskip,” he said.

“Thankfully at this stage, everyone has been accounted for and there’s been no reported injuries.” Senior ranger Dan Clifton said there is a possibility the sinkhole could get bigger.

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“There is a real possibility the hole could expand with ocean currents, so people are urged to avoid the area,” Mr Clifton said.

“Rangers and police have erected traffic barriers and warnings signs to advise beachgoers of potential risks.

Read more at:- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-27/major-sinkhole-swallows-vehicles-on-qld-coast/6807536

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