In Illinois, sinkholes don't happen as often as they do in places like Florida, but when they happen here, they're huge. And often, an abandoned mine is to blame. Look what happened to this soccer field in the town of Alton.

Fear of Sinkholes

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The fear of holes is called Trypophobia, and many have a fear of sinkholes so strong that it keeps them awake at night. And that is the case for one of my coworkers.

A couple of years ago, a sinkhole swallowed up part of an apartment building in Florida and my coworker had trouble sleeping for fear that the earth would open up under her apartment.

It didn't help that a huge hole appeared out of nowhere on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, so now she has a fear of leaving the house thinking she might get swallowed up on the way to work.

This huge sinkhole closed a highway 50 miles south of Springfield in April of 2024.

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Massive Sinkhole Swallows Huge Chunk of Illinois Soccer Field

On June 26th, another sinkhole happened without warning on a soccer field at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, Illinois, near the Missouri border.

They come often without warning. Can you imagine if this sinkhole occurred while there was a match going on? Thankfully, no one was hurt.

On Instagram, the Weather Channel shared photos of the hole, including surveillance cam footage of the hole opening and swallowing part of the field.

The sinkhole measured approximately 100 feet wide as for how deep, watch how one of the light poles that collapses completely disappears into the the hole.

At this writing, no cause has been confirmed, but some suspect it was caused by an abandoned mine.

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