WEBB CITY, Mo. — Late Thursday afternoon one of our tipsters messaged us about a forming sinkhole in Webb City.

Sinkholes can be caused by caves collapsing or what would be suspected in this case, an underlying mineshaft collapsing. “There are cones around it and caution tape,” tipster stated.

Authorities ask that the public avoid passing through caution tape. There are no structures currently threatened. Protocol is they mark the ground and wait to see if it grows.

FILE VIDEO ABOVE, MARCH 2019 SINKHOLE IN JOPLIN NEIGHBORHOOD THAT FORMED IN A DRIVEWAY.

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IMAGE. THIS WEBB CITY SINKHOLE IS FORMED DUE TO COLLAPSING MINE SHAFTS BENEATH THE GROUND. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM MoDNR.
  • SINKHOLE facts from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • The Geological Survey Program has verified 15,981 sinkholes in Missouri.
  • Records are not kept about depth, but we know some are greater than 100 feet deep.
  • The largest known sinkhole in Missouri encompasses about 700 acres in western Boone County southeast of where Interstate 70 crosses the Missouri River.
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