La Jolla Sinkhole Glows Green

A large sinkhole opened up suddenly in the middle of a La Jolla street late Thursday morning.

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A large sinkhole opened up suddenly in the middle of a La Jolla street late Thursday morning.
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The hole on Campus Point Dr. filled with a glowing green liquid, which city water officials said was a non-toxic dye used to target the break in the pipe below.
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The hole opened over two lanes just before the intersection of Campus Point Dr. and Campus Point Ct., just north of Scripps Memorial Hospital.
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The sinkhole was caused by a break in a rusty 30-inch storm drain pipe under the street, said Bill Harris, the San Diego storm water department spokesperson. He suspects that the pipe failed after Wednesday's rain storm.
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Harris said the pipe that broke was unreliable, and the city hasn't installed them since 1992. This particular pipe was installed in 1979.
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No one was injured when the sinkhole opened.
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The sinkhole continued collapsing into the ground. Some of the pieces fell off on camera. Watch the video here.
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Water near the sinkhole was shut off, affecting thousands of employees and residents.
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Sections of asphalt began falling into the sinkhole on Thursday morning.
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Water began filling the sinkhole as it collapsed.
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Campus Point Dr. was closed, and cars were re-routed through a parking lot.
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The rusty pipe that broke was installed in 1979, city water officials said.
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SDG&E is concerned that the sinkhole may affect a high voltage trench nearby.
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