An Australian woman recently fell into a geothermal sinkhole that opened beneath her in a popular New Zealand tourist village. According to the GuardianThe woman was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. She was swallowed by a two-meter-wide hole when it suddenly opened onto a footpath at the entrance to the Whakarewarewa thermal village in Rotorua, in the central North Island.
The village’s general manager, Mike Gibbons, told the outlet that the woman’s husband was also injured when he tried to help her out of the hole. Then two guides nearby and a local weaver all ran to help and together they managed to get her out of the hole, Gibbons added. She was taken to Rotorua hospital, where she was in a serious but stable condition Friday morning.
Also read | Teen swims to rooftop with dog as flood hits US city, internet overwhelmed
Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area near the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The hole was reportedly about 3.3 meters deep and had crumbled open over Fumarole, an opening near a volcano that releases hot gases and steam. These gases reach extreme temperatures, sometimes as high as 400 degrees Celsius.
Speak with ABC Australia, a village spokesman said the ground may have been affected by the recent heavy rainfall in the area. Separately, a witness told the outlet that the area has been “steaming” for a week but people were still walking around. However, a cone was also placed there that did not stop people, the eyewitness added.
Now the village will be temporarily closed until a full investigation and assessment is carried out by New Zealand’s health and safety regulator.
Also read | Divers take ‘incredible’ icy dive between 2 continents in Iceland
Meanwhile, speaking of sinkholes, a house party recently also turned into a nightmare for guests after a sinkhole under the pool opened and a man sucked into a 10-meter-deep hole. This terrifying incident took place in Israel. A video showing the devastation had surfaced online. Local media said one man was injured and another was later found dead.