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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed seven properties have been evacuated after a sinkhole appeared in Ripon.
The hole is 20m by 10m - the depth has not yet been measured.
Nobody has been injured.
Three people have been forced to leave their homes after a sinkhole appeared across two gardens in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Emergency services are at the scene. Nobody has been hurt.
Latest ITV News reports
An expert from Newcastle University explains how a type of rock in this area was the cause of the sinkhole.
Frances O'Neill, 74, said she almost fell in a 30ft deep sinkhole that appeared in her back garden