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Sinkhole opens up in Hod Hasharon, damaging car that was pulled in


A sinkhole opened up in a street in the central city of Hod Hasharon on Saturday morning, damaging a car that was pulled into it.

Police said in a statement that there were no injuries.

It appeared that the car was parked and unoccupied at the time the sinkhole opened.

According to police, the sinkhole was the “result of a malfunction in the underground water infrastructure.”

Engineering officials were called to the scene and said there were no other sinkholes in the area.

Drivers were told to avoid HaGanim Street and the surrounding roads in the city.

A car inside a sinkhole in the central town of Hod Hasharon, January 14, 2022 (Israel Police)

In recent months, sinkholes gained headlines after appearing in several locations in central Israel, including a major highway, fueling fears that such incidents could become more widespread.

In November 2022, a sinkhole appeared in a parking spot between two buildings in Hod Hasharon. Emergency services that arrived at the scene ordered an evacuation of nearby buildings until municipal engineers examined the hole to assess its cause.

Also that month, two other sinkholes were discovered on roadways in Tel Aviv.

In September 2022, a large sinkhole opened up on the major Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, shutting down the highway completely for hours and leaving a main exit shuttered for two weeks.

Last summer, a man was killed after the swimming pool he was in collapsed and he was dragged into a sinkhole that formed underneath.

The sinkhole that opened up in a pool at a home in Karmei Yosef, July 21, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

In 2021, a sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, swallowing several cars.

They are also common occurrences around the Dead Sea, caused after receding saltwater leaves behind underground salt deposits, which are later dissolved by rainwater or flash floods, causing the land above to collapse.

Last month, the Academy of the Hebrew Language announced “sinkhole” was its word of the year 2022.

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