Sinkholes are absolutely terrifying. Basically, the Earth rips itself open and begins to swallow anything on the surface that it deems unworthy. Thousands upon thousands of people have lost their lives when a sinkhole opened up underneath their feet. Cities have lost entire blocks of houses and businesses when the foundation crumbled underneath. It is truly nightmarish. Here are ten of the most terrifying sinkholes to ever appear across the world, and hopefully no more of these gateways to hell form.

Winter Park, Florida

The sinkhole to rip open a neighborhood in Winter Park, Florida, cost over four million dollars worth of damages when it occurred. People around the world banded together in an effort to help those afflicted. The hole eventually measured 90 feet deep and 320 feet wide.

Daisetta, Texas

The sinkhole that opened up in Daisetta, Texas, grew from over 20 feet across to over 600 feet wide and 150 feet deep. The well-documented sinkhole was broadcast worldwide after it threatened over one-thousand people in the small town.

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