Hundreds flee in terror as giant sinkhole swallows holiday camp

A massive sinkhole which opened up on an Australian beach campsite swallowing up caravans, tents and a car forced hundreds of holidaymakers to run for their lives.

A major sinkhole on a Queensland beach forced 300 holidaymakers to evacuate after caravans, tents and a car were swallowed up .

A major sinkhole on a Queensland beach forced 300 holidaymakers to evacuate after caravans, tents and a car were swallowed up . Image by Melanie / CC BY-SA 2.0

By the time it had finished changing the landscape, all that remained of the holiday centre was a monster cavity. The Daily Express reported that the 300 campers were woken up by the noise as the sinkhole sucked 200 metres of beachfront downwards, forcing them to evacuate the area.

Fishermen who spotted the sand movement immediately raised the alarm and their prompt action may have been responsible for saving lives at the Inskip Point camp ground in Queensland.

Casey Hughes, a holidaymaker recalled being woken up by 'a thunderous noise' which wreaked havoc in the immediate area.

The town mayor, Mick Curran, was happy to confirm that despite the natural phenomenon strike, all the people there managed to escape, adding that there were no reported injuries.

However there is now an ongoing worry that more trouble could be around the corner, with scientists believing the sinkhole could expand.

Dan Clifton, a senior ranger stressed that the area was now deemed to be unsafe. He urged people to avoid the area as sea currents could make the hole bigger.

Geotechnical engineer, Allison Golsby was of the opinion that the entire strip of land land could now collapse into the ocean. She explained that the area had a history of sinkholes recurring regularly.

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