Growing Sinkhole Threatening to Eat North Jersey

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A vehicle sitting at the bottom of a large sinkhole is shown in this handout photo provided by the south Amboy Police Department in Amnboy, New Jersey March 24, 2015.  The large sinkhole, believed to have been caused by an underground water main break, forced the evacuations of four New Jersey homes about 20 miles south of Newark, after suddenly forming early on Tuesday, crumbling part of a roadway and swallowing a car, police said.  REUTERS/Amboy Police Dept/Handout via Reuters    ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR4UOGL
The sinkhole in question. Photo: Amboy Police Dept/Handout via Reuters

The bad news is a massive sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood in South Amboy, New Jersey, this morning. The worse news is: It’s still growing.

The gigantic sinkhole is 20 feet deep and 15 feet across and has already claimed its first victim, a gold SUV. Authorities say the sinkhole, which stretches back into some woods that border the neighborhood, is still growing owing to a water main break. Don’t panic, though! No one was injured and no homes in the area were damaged, though the event did cause the area to be evacuated.

Huge sinkhole” does seem like a better description of New Jersey than “Garden State.”