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Aussies succumb to two sinkholes in just over two days
Last Updated: 2016-08-03 08:23 | Xinhua
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A derelict mine shaft has caused a sinkhole in Australia's Queensland state, the second in the Australia in just over two days.

Authorities are confident the eight meter wide sinkhole won't swallow the house of Australian seniors Lyn and Ray McKay in Ipswich -- 45 km. southeast of Brisbane -- caused by a nearly 100-year-old mine shaft that's 40 meters away from where it had been originally marked on maps.

"It's an exploratory shaft that goes down about 100 meters," Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale told local media on Tuesday. "There's no need to panic about a neighbourhood falling in."

It's believed the exploratory shaft was filled with bottles, rubbish and wood that's rotted over time, causing the surface to collapse and fill with water.

It's Australia's second sinkhole in just over two days after a burst water main left a driver going nowhere fast in Western Australia state on Sunday.

The driver went through what he thought was a puddle, only to find the road had given way to become a sinkhole, trapping the person's car.

It was a lucky escape as sinkholes can be reach up to 600 meters deep.

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