Research into Rotorua sinkhole burns could take up to a year – WorkSafe

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WorkSafe says it could take up to 12 months to investigate an accident in Rotorua in which a woman fell into a sinkhole and suffered severe burns.

Workmen fill the sinkhole in Whakarewarewa Village.
Photo: Delivered / Rotorua Lakes Council

It has opened a formal investigation into the incident.

The woman, from Perth, Australia, is in a serious but stable condition at Waikato Hospital.

The geothermal sinkhole which was about two meters long and one meter wide and long has been backfilled and steam grates installed.

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The woman entered Whakarewarewa Village last Thursday afternoon when the ground fell away.

The sinkhole was deep and steam-filled, and a volcanologist said heavy rain may have contributed to the collapse.

The village is temporarily closed.

Rotorua sinkhole on July 28, 2022.

Rotorua sinkhole on July 28, 2022.
Photo: Delivered / Rotorua Lakes Council

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