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A Sinkhole Named 'Steve:' CHP Names Big Hole on Highway 13 in Oakland



    (Published Monday, Jan. 23, 2017)

    It may not be the biggest sinkhole in the world.

    But it’s possibly the only one with a name. At least a name conceived by the California Highway Patrol.

    The CHP Oakland division named a sinkhole along Highway 13 “Steve” on Monday morning. “Please be careful as you pass Steve on southbound 13 in Oakland,” the CHP tweeted.

    Later in the day, CHP tweeted out a video of crews filling up Steve with cement, thus marking its end. "No!!!!!!! Look what they are doing to Steve! #SteveTheSinkhole," they tweeted around 4:30 p.m.

    And then for Steve's creation story: “Steve was born this morning at about 5:20 a.m. on southbound SR-13 just north of Broadway Terrace," the CHP wrote on Facebook. "Steve is approximately 5 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep.”

    As far as the CHP Oakland knows, it could be the first time a sinkhole has ever been named. (Though, no agency is known to really track the naming of sinkholes.)

    As for why Steve?

    The CHP tweeted: "Why not?"

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