Berezniki – a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki town is known across the Russia (and even abroad) for the constant happening sinkholes in the town. However not everyone knows on how big scale this is happening and how it looks like, here we are going to explore this topic in detail:

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

This is how the part of the city looks like – some of the buildings already submerged into water that appeared inside the sinkholes that appeared here recently. Some parts of the buildings already on the bottom.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

The first sinkhole appeared here in 1986 – the year Chernobyl accident happened. Then more and more of them caused chained reaction – people say that those sinkholes appear with loud booms and light flashes – probably the gas explosions.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

However first sinkholes were appearing in the forest, some distance away from the town.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Then starting year 1993 more and more sinkholes started appearing and over 100 local earthquakes were registered in duration of ten years.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

This Ural city is standing on the bottom of ancient salt sea – and for this there are plenty of mines trying to excavate salt, potassium and other minerals from the crystalized sea bottom that is under ground. But also because of this all the water that goes into these appearing sinkholes is a salty water, impregnated with ancient minerals. This lake in the middle of the photo is actually is a flooded sinkhole too which buried a factory inside of it.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Those are survived structures of the factory.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

This is a collapsed factory building on the edge of the flooded sinkhole.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Soon these buildings are expected to crawl into abyss too.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

In year 2010 a sinkhole appeared right at the Berezniki train station. The accident blocked all trains transportation for fourteen days. All railways were leading to nowhere – to the flooded sinkhole. In one year they managed to put some sand into it but the train was never restored.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Then one year later one more massive sinkhole appeared near the mine administration building complex. They tried to fill it with sand too but an accident happened – a tractor went down from the side of the sinkhole right into the water – the tractor driver died.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

On the photo you can see another victims of the sinkholes – the road round about got destroyed – and a garage complex went down under.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

The remaining buildings here are constantly sliding into water.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Here you can see cracks in the building that is sliding down.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

All those places are projected to get under the water any time soon.

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

The drone photos of these places look mesmerizing. For the moment (year 2018) there are a whole number of the places in the city that are forced to evacuate. Some other places are slowly (a few cm a year go down under the water).

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Berezniki - a City That Stands on the Edge of the Abyss

Those are the forced to evacuate houses in the city.

Berezniki is the second largest town in the city – with over 150,000 population and sadly people don’t feel themselves safe in the town anymore.

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