No one was injured Wednesday when the sea reclaimed a 100-meter chunk of coastline

By Alex Heigl
November 30, 2015 01:30 PM
Surf Life Saving QLD/Twitter

Well to be fair, it belonged to the ocean first.

A sinkhole swallowed a massive, football field-sized chunk of a Queensland, Australia, beach on Wednesday, and experts think it could grow even larger.

Being that the sinkhole is located as part of the beach, it does look less impressive than when it’s say, in the middle of a street or IHOP parking lot or what have you, but viewed from the air, you can see just how much of the beach has caved in.

“There are really strong currents in the water and the sand is quite unstable,” a spokeswoman for Surf Life Saving Queensland told the Associated Press.

The area is popular with fishermen and four-wheelers, but is far removed from any spots patrolled by Coast Guards. Authorities say no one was there on Wednesday for the collapse.

Sinkholes “occur when an underwater sand cliff retrogresses backwards and sometimes it reaches the shore and collapses the beach,” Konrad Beinssen of the University of Queensland, told the AP, and conditions are ripe for the gap to grow even further, experts warn.

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