Sinkholes: Series 1
Documentary examining the underlying forces behind sinkholes, which can swallow up streets, rip up motorways, destroy forests and even drag unfortunate bystanders to their deaths
Part 1: Buried Underground
In Ripon, North Yorkshire UK, a woman recalls how a huge hole opened up next to her house more than 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep. In Florida, a sink hole appeared directly below a property, sucking a resident deep underground in the process.
Part 2: Sucked under
Geologist Tom Backhouse investigates sinkholes caused by collapsed mine shafts, including one in Gosforth that opened up in front of a flat and led down to an abandoned coal mine. In Bury St Edmunds, a homeowner reveals how he is stuck in an unsellable house that is surrounded by sinkholes.
Part 3: Sucked to Death
The documentary series examining the underlying forces behind sinkholes concludes with a look at an incident in which 53 houses in St Albans were effectively cut off from the rest of the city. Plus, the case of how a developing sinkhole in Somerset opened under a horse.