Massive sinkhole opens in UK street

The sinkhole measures 10 metres in depth and 20 metres in width. (AAP)
The sinkhole measures 10 metres in depth and 20 metres in width. (AAP)

Several families have been evacuated from their homes on a British street after a massive sinkhole opened up overnight.

The sinkhole measures 10 metres in depth and around 20 metres in width. It opened up on Fontmell Close, 40 kilometres northwest of London, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Residents told the BBC, they heard a crash prior to the opening of the sinkhole, and that it was causing trouble for commuters who have had their vehicles blocked in.

Electricity, water and gas were cut to homes close to the sinkhole.

The BBC reports the local fire service knew of a small hole on the road which was due to be filled in, and this sinkhole could be linked.

Nobody was injured and no houses were damaged.

It's the second sinkhole to make world headlines in less than a week.

On Sunday, 140 people were evacuated from a camp site in Australia after the ground opened up and swallowed a car, caravan and camping trailer.

Measuring 100 metres in width and three metres in depth, campers at the MV Beagle Campground, just north of Queensland were lucky to escape uninjured.

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing are monitoring further developments to the site.

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