Sinkhole forces evacuation

Sinkhole forces evacuation

There are 45 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 29, 2008, titled Sinkhole forces evacuation. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A Circuit City distribution center in Bethlehem Township was evacuated this morning after a sinkhole 40 feet in diameter opened in the parking lot, Northampton County emergency officials said.

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“aka MOB”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#23 Oct 29, 2008
OnTheFence wrote:
How long ago was that building swallowed by the sinkhole in downtown Allentown??
I believe it was 93 or 94. I remember I was in college at the time because my geology professor was involved in the analysis of what happened.

“Here's looking at ya!”

Since: Jul 07

Zionhill, PA

#24 Oct 29, 2008
watch out wrote:
I pray Nazareth School District never has a problem but fear they will pay dearly someday for building near Hercules Quarries
That is so true.
a reader

United States

#25 Oct 29, 2008
Sinkholes are very common in Bethlehem Twp, and of course the whole valley.

I personally don't worry about those commerical places up there sinking, they'll be fine - but people check your homeowners policy. Most policies do NOT cover sinkhole, however some companies do or they let you buy it as an additional coverage. Don't cheap out, buy the coverage.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/hazards/e...

The DCNR link above is a 39 page informational document on the sinkholes of PA, we've got a good cas of them.

The question is - where's the next one going to turn up in the industrial park? When one happens it usually seems there's more to follow......
ServiceIsStateof theArt

Englishtown, NJ

#26 Oct 29, 2008
It's a sign from God that Circuit City is even closer to completely imploding as a company!!! As if the fact they are a penny stock isn't a big enough clue. CC and Six Flags both can go down together!
The sinkhole in Allentown was in a Mark Mendelson building. How appropriate. That was when Allentown liked Mendelson however, he was their golden boy back then.
How about a stay at the Americus this weekend?
LOL
Noname

Schnecksville, PA

#27 Oct 29, 2008
It was called Coporate Plaza. It's now the parking lot just north of the old Dime bank Blldg. on 7th St. It went down in 1994. Another notable sinkhole is under the PPL Tech Bldg. It was the site of Heydt's proposed hockey rink. Don't forget about the houses that fell into holes on College Street in 2004. Allentown and the entire area is laden with sinkholes because of the underlying karst (limestone)geology. Here's a cool link if you feel like scaring yourself.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/map68/ima...
Reason

Bethlehem, PA

#28 Oct 29, 2008
this place is home to about 500 employees. all these employees have family they support, and have nothing to do with the layoffs that happened. I do understand though, the need for the layoffs, although people who don't understand business are the ones with a problem with it.
Why The Hurry

Allentown, PA

#29 Oct 29, 2008
Is this near where they are building the 55+ community???? Now those homes could be a tough sell.....
JELTZ

Nazareth, PA

#31 Oct 29, 2008
look @ that douche helmet standing right next to the hole... i kind of hope he falls in... is that wrong?
thinking and typing

Elkton, MD

#32 Oct 29, 2008
baseballfan wrote:
Aw....A day off work for everyone!!! What are all the cheating boyfriends/and husbands going to do now that there is going to be a day without flirting and cheating at the warehouse?
They will be wackin it on the couch
Interested

Northampton, PA

#33 Oct 29, 2008
Link to pics & article about the Allentown building. Crazy
http://www.phillyblast.com/Allentown/sinkhole...
kathy65

United States

#34 Oct 29, 2008
watch out wrote:
I pray Nazareth School District never has a problem but fear they will pay dearly someday for building near Hercules Quarries
The new middle school on Tatamy-Nazareth Road did have a sinkhole under the rear right side of the building...the gym I think...cracks in the foundation...not sure what they did about that...that whole area is ridden with sink holes, right into Stockeryown and 33, Bushkill Creek...
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#35 Oct 29, 2008
Reason wrote:
this place is home to about 500 employees. all these employees have family they support, and have nothing to do with the layoffs that happened. I do understand though, the need for the layoffs, although people who don't understand business are the ones with a problem with it.
It doesn't matter what the explanation is. What they did is called Agism and IS illegal.
Amazed

United States

#36 Oct 29, 2008
OnTheFence wrote:
How long ago was that building swallowed by the sinkhole in downtown Allentown??
Not in Allentown but how quickly we forgot about the sink hole in Bethlehem on Bridel Path Road. Those residents still haven't returned to their apartments - and NO - Home Owners insurance does not cover sink holes. Even though the complex knew there was a problem. At least Circut City people have a home to go home to.

“Here's looking at ya!”

Since: Jul 07

Zionhill, PA

#39 Oct 29, 2008
All I see is Butts!!!

Since: May 07

Whitehall, PA

#40 Oct 29, 2008
Interested wrote:
Link to pics & article about the Allentown building. Crazy
http://www.phillyblast.com/Allentown/sinkhole...
Very cool! Thanks for the link!

Since: May 07

Whitehall, PA

#41 Oct 29, 2008
Amazed wrote:
<quoted text>
Not in Allentown but how quickly we forgot about the sink hole in Bethlehem on Bridel Path Road. Those residents still haven't returned to their apartments - and NO - Home Owners insurance does not cover sink holes. Even though the complex knew there was a problem. At least Circut City people have a home to go home to.
I was wondering what was going on with the Bridle Path Apartments. I haven't heard anything else about it....

Glad I have sinkhole coverage on my homeowners policy....you just never know...
carelessfills

United States

#42 Oct 29, 2008
Two notable lehigh county sinkholes from the mid eighties were
1) along vera cruz road (runs south of south mountain), just west of lanark. road was closed for many months, maybe even a year.
2) in westside macungie borough, near some townhouses. might have damaged a couple homes.
Noname wrote:
It was called Coporate Plaza. It's now the parking lot just north of the old Dime bank Blldg. on 7th St. It went down in 1994. Another notable sinkhole is under the PPL Tech Bldg. It was the site of Heydt's proposed hockey rink. Don't forget about the houses that fell into holes on College Street in 2004. Allentown and the entire area is laden with sinkholes because of the underlying karst (limestone)geology. Here's a cool link if you feel like scaring yourself.
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/map68/ima...
Bart

Richmond, VA

#43 Oct 30, 2008
Pot Luck wrote:
<quoted text>
Why is Toppin starting trouble again!
???
Bart

Richmond, VA

#44 Oct 30, 2008
?????

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#45 Oct 30, 2008
At Guardian Life, in the same LVIP, a sinkhole opened-up and swallowed a D9 Bulldozer.

All around that campus sinkholes have opened-up.

A section of the concrete curb along Highland Ave had sunk to road-level.

The whole area is built on swiss cheese.

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