09:05 Hole is 10 ft in diameter. 2 men in hard hats observe it from nearby.

11:50 Hole is 25 ft in diameter and at least 10 ft deep. Traffics cones have appeared, redirecting cars around the site. 6 men in hard hats are observing it.

1:26 Hole is 100 ft in diameter and at least 50 ft deep. The bottom is lightly flooded from broken and breaking water mains. 12 men in hard hats watch the hole as watery mist drifts down upon them.

2:31 Hole is 1500 ft in diameter and at least 100 ft deep. Several major telephone, fiber-optic, and data lines are severed. 19 men in hard hats watch the hole from a nearby ridge.

3:58 Hole is 1 mile in diameter and the bottom can no longer be clearly seen. Evacuations of nearby residences have begun, and the hole now cuts across a major east-west artery. 51 men in hard hats watch the hole.

5:30 Hole is 10 miles in diameter and is beginning to influence weather patterns. Several rivers and lakes have disappeared into it without a trace. A state of national emergency has no effect on the 554 men in hard hats gazing into the hole.

6:49 Hole is 100 miles in diameter and the pressure difference between the surface and its depths has led to hurricane-force winds and storms. While the purpose of the hole is still not clear, experts believe that its current growth rate will be catastrophic. Men in hard hats continue to watch it, though their numbers can only be estimated.

11:59 All is hole. There is no other; no other is left. Even the men in hard hats, watching, are hole in their uncountable millions.

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