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Sinkhole opens on Australian beach

Engineers are expected to use ground penetrating radar survey to investigate a sinkhole that has appeared on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

According to local media reports, the 3m-deep sinkhole has claimed 200m of beachfront at Inskip Point and approximately 50m of a nearby campsite.

The sinkhole reportedly swallowed a caravan and camping trailer, and resulted in the evacuation of around 140 holidaymakers at the campsite.

The site has now been cordoned off to prevent vehicle and pedestrian access amid concerns the sinkhole could expand.

A similar sized hole opened at the site in 2011, swallowing trees and part of the beachfront.

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