Sinkhole near Australia beach 'stable'

  • A massive sinkhole that consumed a stretch of a beach-front in Australia's Queensland state is now "relatively stable", authorities said on Monday. About 200 metres of beachfront and 50 metres of a popular campground at Inskip Point opened up late Saturday night, causing a 7.5-metre-deep cavity.

    "Advice is that the event has likely passed with the site now relatively stable with a flat beach edge forming," the statement issued by the department of national parks said. "Erosion may continue to occur slowly for some weeks."

    A geotechnical engineer said that the event may have been a "near-shore landslide" rather than a sinkhole. (Source: IANS)