The crater is deep enough to fit a 16-storey building inside. No houses are located nearby. Russian emergency experts say the phenomenon is natural and was not caused by explosions or eruptions behind similar-looking holes in the Russian Arctic. The village is some 93 miles from Nizhny Novgorod city where England played during the recent World Cup. In fact, there is no guarantee that another sinkhole will not appear right in the middle of the village or under a house.
View inside sinkhole
“Children have seen the hole and many are worried the same thing might suddenly happen when they are asleep at night,” residents of Neledino say. The sinkhole is being monitored. One report speculates the cause could be due to to water erosion of the soil or rock below. Sinkholes are not uncommon in Russia. It recently emerged that an entire mining town of Berezniki in Urals is being slowly consumed by moon-like craters. On April 11 2013 another huge sinkhole measuring nearly 85 meters wide and 15 meters deep swallowed three houses in Buturlino, a little village just outside Russia’s fifth-largest city Nizhny Novgorod.