Seeing increasing reports of sinkholes as harbingers of greater disasters - pointing to the Apocalypse.

Sinkholes a sign of the end of time - Comment on 2013 March 17 (2)

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Sinkholes may not rank as high on the scare scale as hurricanes and tornados, but they hold some allure for popular culture, surfacing as cinematic themes as a sign of the end of time. Some observers also see increasing reports of sinkholes as harbingers of greater disasters. They chronicle the events as pointing to the Apocalypse. Read more:

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The ground suddenly opening beneath our feet is the stuff of nightmares.

In recent weeks, a spate of those bad-dreams-come-true have drawn national attention when the earth seemingly swallowed a man in his Florida bedroom and a golfer in Illinois.

"I’d guess there is this primal fear of being swallowed up by the earth and taken to hell," said Paul Greene, an associate professor of psychology at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., who works with disaster victims.

"I recall scenes from the movie ‘Ghost’ when the evil characters die and their souls are taken down in the ground by demons."

Sinkholes may not rank as high on the scare scale as hurricanes and tornados, but they hold some allure for popular culture, surfacing as cinematic themes as a sign of the end of time.

At the USGS, geologist Randall Orndorff says sinkholes are more common than laymen realize. "They form in fields and woods every day and no one notices except the land owner. They can be a hazard and we want people to know about them."

Several recent sinkhole deaths have been tied to human activity. Two water-well drillers in Florida died in 2011, when their rigs broke through the roof of a cavern.

But it was last month’s death of Jeff Bush in his bedroom in a suburban Tampa home that has put sinkholes in the spotlight of media and social media.

“When something like this happens, it seems like it’s out of the blue and makes people wonder if they’re susceptible,’’ said Russell Jones, a psychology professor at Virginia Tech who studies disaster stress.

Recent media reports and Twitter threads in the past two weeks discussed other sinkholes in Florida; Pennsylvania (including one that drained a duck pond) and Louisiana.

But some observers also see increasing reports of sinkholes as harbingers of greater disasters. They chronicle the events as pointing to the Apocalypse.

 

See
2010 Mar 16 (2) – In Thuringia the ground tears open
2010 Jun 01 (2) – A giant sinkhole gapes in the ground in Guatemala City
2010 Nov 03 – This sinking feeling

 

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