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Residents evacuated as huge sinkhole appears in St Albans near London

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Residents evacuated as huge sinkhole appears in St Albans near London

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A huge sinkhole has appeared overnight in a British residential area.

Authorities say five homes have been evacuated and 20 people are being housed in temporary accommodation.

Residents say they heard a massive crash before the crater, 20 meters in diameter, appeared at Fontmell close in St Albans around 37 kilometers north of London.

The local council was made aware of a small hole in the pavement last week and it was due to be repaired .

Civil engineers are now assessing the situation, before work begins to fill in the 10m deep hole.