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Fairbanks homeowner fills 8-story sinkhole

By Associated Press 1:08 PM July 9, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

Geophysicists don’t know what caused a sinkhole measuring about 80 feet deep to appear in a Fairbanks resident’s yard last week.

And they might never know. Homeowner Al Schultz had safety concerns about the hole, which measure about 4 feet wide and up to eight stories deep so he had it filled Monday with five truckloads of gravel.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/GAewM3) that happened before two university geophysicists arrived.

Matthew Sturm, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute, did watch a shaky video of the hole produced by the newspaper. From that, Sturm says the hole didn’t appear to be man-made, discounting a theory that it was an abandoned mining shaft.

Instead, he thinks it was a fissure created by ice which has melted away.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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