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Sinkhole forces evacuationof east London houses

Some 60 people were forced to flee their homes in London after a large sinkhole opened.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 9, 2003

Some 60 people were forced to flee their homes in London Saturday after a large sinkhole opened up.

Some residents and local officials speculated that the hole was likely caused by workers digging a new rail link to the English Channel tunnel.

The hole opened in the Stratford section of east London. Workers there were boring underground, carving a tunnel that will eventually connect London's St. Pancras station to the rail line that runs under the Channel to continental Europe.

By Sunday workers were filling in the hole to stabilize the area. Engineers and surveyors were testing the area to see when residents could return home.

Some residents reported sustaining cracks in walls of their homes. Emergency crews were putting scaffolding around some homes to secure them.

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