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Third sinkhole opens up on UAF campus in last week

By Associated Press 3:45 PM July 10, 2014
FAIRBANKS –

Another sinkhole has opened up in the ground below Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/MgDXqU) several have been reported in the last week since heavy rains fell. One sinkhole on a resident’s lawn was estimated to be 80 feet deep. It’s been filled in with gravel.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has reported at least three sinkholes, including the latest Thursday morning.

An employee was mowing the lawn on the east side of campus when the ground opened up under the mower’s left wheel. There were no injuries, but the riding lawn mower the size of a golf cart was nearly swallowed by the 10-foot deep hole that’s since been filled in.

Other sinkholes were near the West Ridge research building and another on the campus’ east side.

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

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