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Dozens Evacuated When Crater Opens In Yugoslavia

June 9, 1988

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Eight homes were destroyed in the Bosnian mining town of Tuzla when a 65- foot-wide hole opened beneath them and escaping gas caught fire, a newspaper reported Thursday.

No injuries were reported. A dozen people fled their homes before they were destroyed by the 50-foot-deep hole in the salt-mining town 90 miles west of Belgrade, the daily Vecernje Novosti reported.

Escaping gas caught fire at the bottom of the sink hole when it formed around noon Wednesday. Authorites quickly put out the fire.

″It happened with a bang and when I looked through the window all I could see was dust,″ Mensur Jasarevic, a Tuzla citizen, said.

Ibrahim Imamovic, a professor in Tuzla, said underground water dissolved salt deposits causing the earth to cave in.

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