Kansas sinkhole: Large hole in field is 200 feet across

Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A sinkhole in a field in Kansas measuring some 200 feet across and 90 feet deep is drawing onlookers out into the rural area.

"I thought it was just crazy," said David Baily, one of the dozens of people who flocked to the area north of Sharon Springs to see the sinkhole.

"How can this happen? What happened to what was below?" asked Virgil Fischer.

The sinkhole appeared last week in the middle of Dalton Hoss' pasture.

"Actually, my brother found it.  He called me up and his voice was quaking and he said, 'You'll never believe what I just saw,'" Hoss told KWCH-TV, Wichita, Kan.

Some visitors to the field are even braving the hike down into the hole. Sheriff Larry Townsend said he's not sure how safe the hole is and said it appears to be getting bigger. Large cracks have appeared in the ground right next to it.

"Man had nothing to do with this.  This is a God thing.  There's no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near.  This is something that just happened," Townsend said.

Townsend and Hoss said they don't want people coming out to see the sinkhole because they're not sure how dangerous it is.

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