Sinkhole swallows a whole tree in Louisiana

  • 22 August 2013

A massive sinkhole in the American state of Louisiana has sucked in land and whole trees.

A sinkhole appears when the ground gives way and everything above it falls into the resulting hole.

Rocks in the ground can be weakened by rainfall until they crumble or collapse and the sinkhole forms.

A sinkhole in a road
Sinkholes sometimes appear in roads

Sinkholes like the one in Louisiana are very rare and the emergency services are monitoring it.

Homes in the area are not thought to be in any danger.