A vehicle swallowed by the sinkhole.
A vehicle swallowed by the sinkhole.

WE SAY: Quakes, sinkholes, spouts... what's next?

FIRST earthquakes now a giant sinkhole that endangered lives and swallowed a caravan, camper trailer and tents at Inskip Point late on Saturday night.

Water spouts even formed off Fraser Island yesterday.

Is this the planet's way of telling us it's unhappy? What next?

Seismic activity has certainly ramped up off the east coast during the past few months and speculation has already started about the cause of the sinkhole.

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Some say the earthquakes heralded the opening of the sinkhole. Others put it down to erosion or man-made disturbances.

The cause of this particular sinkhole remains a mystery, but the important thing to consider, as the earth's surface breaks up before our very eyes, is why these sinkholes keep appearing.

It is not the first time Inskip has been struck by the phenomenon.

In 2011, at Inskip Beach, a 100m-wide section of beach was swallowed by a sinkhole.

Campers watched in awe as chunks of sand were sucked out to sea, followed by trees and signs.

Luckily, no lives have been lost.