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Geologist: Kentucky Is Prime Sinkhole Territory

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 18:21:54-05

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – There’s no telling when a sinkhole may open up in your neighborhood, a University of Kentucky geologist tells LEX 18.

A garbage truck driver in Somerset found himself in a precarious situation on Monday when a sinkhole opened up beneath his truck. Geologists say that this is just what happens when you live in a place like Kentucky, karst country.

Karst is a type of landscape that underlain by limestone. Underground water sources can eat at the rock and create a void leading to a collapse.

Somerset isn’t the only place that has a high concentration of karst. If you’re watching from places like Lexington, Frankfort, and Winchester, you too live in karst country.

In fact, 55% of the state is underlain by rocks that could develop karst.