MECENCANI, Croatia (AP) – After a devastating earthquake hits a sinkhole.
The central area of Croatia, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital, Zagreb, is littered with round holes of all sizes, which struck after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake in December that killed seven people and caused Caused widespread destruction
Scientists flock to Mecencani and other villages in the sparsely populated region to observe and study.
“These are called landfills and appear due to the specific geological composition of this area as the soil rests on limestone rocks that are highly saturated with groundwater,”; said Josip Terzic, a geologist at the Croatian Geological Survey.
Although the tomb’s appearance was not unusual after a devastating earthquake. But residents were baffled by their numbers, with around 100 witnessed in the past two months and the speed it followed after the massive December 29 earthquake: Followed by aftershocks Geologists say Tembor has accelerated the process of collapsing holes, which typically take years if less than a decade.
Terzic said scientists are planning various survey methods to determine underwater morphology and other characteristics, he spoke to The Associated Press as he stood beside a massive sinkhole he said was 15 meters (yd) deep and Equally wide
Some potholes have appeared in people’s homes or in their farmland, prompting officials to caution.Mecencani teacher Nenad Tomasevic said everything seemed to be too much.
“The earthquake itself felt unpleasant to say the least. And after that these holes began to emerge, ”said Tomasevic, who had to be moved to a neighbor’s house after an enlarged hole emerged in his backyard.
“Experts say these wells will naturally form over time. Unfortunately, earthquakes act as catalysts that speed up all processes, ”he added.
About three months after the earthquake, the hardest-hit area continues to grapple with the disaster, with houses still in rubble and Petrinja, the region’s main city, abandoned. Occasional earthquakes, including magnitude 4 or more, can also be felt, displeasing residents and adding to the devastation of the coronavirus outbreak.