Sinkholes: Deadly Drops

June 2018

Season 1 Episode 3 - Sucked To Death

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This episode takes a look at first-hand accounts of stunned and bewildered homeowners doing their best to survive when a sinkhole attacks. In St Albans, a huge sinkhole in 2015 opened up in the middle of a road in the middle of the night and cut off 53 houses from the outside world, causing a year of chaos and disruption. We hear from the jazz player who came closest to driving into the hole, and from the local couple who were stunned to find a 10-meter-deep crater just yards from their front d...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Sucked Under

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While many sinkholes are forces of nature, a growing number are caused by one particular human activity - mining. Mining-related sinkholes are an especially big problem in Britain, where numbers have risen sharply in the last few years. This unprecedented rise has spurred geologist Tom Backhouse to look deeper into the problem. He takes us on a journey across the country and back to the prehistoric dawn of mining, to discover why the UK has a unique sinkhole problem.

Season 1 Episode 1 - Buried Underground

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What causes these catastrophic caverns to appear? Why are some areas affected more than others? And what can be done to predict - or even prevent - further sinkhole strikes? Capable of destroying properties, swallowing vehicles and even killing, this episode meets some of the people who have been most badly affected by sinkholes.