By Australian Associated Press / AP / YahooNews

Round holes of all sizes have begun appearing in a central Croatian region after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in December that killed seven people and caused widespread destruction.

Scientists have been flocking to Mecencani and other villages in the sparsely inhabited region southwest of the capital Zagreb.

“These are so-called dropout sinkholes, and they appeared because of the specific geological composition of this area, as the soil rests on limestone rocks heavily saturated with groundwater,” Croatian Geological Survey geologist Josip Terzic said.

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