Expanding Crater Swallows Romanian Town

A supermarket and several homes have sunk in a crater that has appeared on Wednesday morning in Ocna Mureş, Romania. Dozens have been evacuated and the town is now in state of emergency, while the crater has increased in size to a diametre of over 100 metres. The cause of the disaster is an old mining network that spreads underneath 60 percent of the town. The caves have been flooded for almost four decades, according to sources, since the major floods that struck Romania in 1970. Authorities are powerless to stop the crater’s expansion and can only evacuate the people while waiting for the caves to stop crumbling.

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