Another issue national media refuses to explore is the increasing number of sinkholes around the world, especially in the United States. A Christian Blog, The End of the World, reports that 2010 had more sinkholes on record than ever before––the most famous one caused by Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala, that swallowed a three-story building. And guess what––in addition to excessive excavation; collapsing caves and mine shafts; cities built on unstable soils; expanding surburbia and overbuilding; heavy rains and extended droughts; and “ghost lakes” formed by clogged water passages––a major reason for increasing sinkholes everywhere is Global Warming.
The U.S. region most famous for sinkhole history is Florida. Sinkholes have destroyed so many homes in this sunshine state that the insurance casualty rate for their damages is second only to that of hurricanes. For that reason, several insurance companies will no longer write policies in Florida. The situation is so dire that state government is considering state-funded insurance protection against sinkholes. Other states are famous for sinkholes as well, including: California, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, etc.
For instance, when discussing Kentucky’s proneness to sinkholes, in their article, “Karst: The Stealthy Hazard,” Jim Cobb and Jim Currens explain that sinkholes are the hidden cost of ignorance about earth’s make up and the dangers of non-urban expansion: “Fifty-five percent of the state of Kentucky sits atop carbonate rocks prone to developing karst. Stressing this delicate carbonate-groundwater system is a growing suburban population that is increasing demand for highways and roads, houses, airports and factories.” They explain that karst is a stealthy geohazard formed when “water dissolves limestone, gypsum and other rocks.” They report that economic losses from karst are hidden and increasing.
As for Global Warming, InspectAPedia explains: “ Acidic rainwater is formed by the interaction of atmospheric moisture with carbon dioxide to form carbonic acid. As global warming is associated with increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), we might expect an increase in the acidity of rainfall that in turn may increase the incidence of sinkholes where carbonate bedrock (limestone) is prevalent.”
However, lost in these conclusions is a Biblical truth: sinkholes are signs of judgement. In Numbers chapter 16, when Korah and his followers rebelled against Moses, “the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses . . . and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, . . .” Be sure to check out this and other examples of sinkhole judgments in wholesale Christian Bibles. It is truly time for prayers of repentance!