By Cailey Rizzo
June 28, 2019

A New Zealand family was forced to flee their home this week after a geyser opened up in their yard.

Early Tuesday morning, Susan Gedye woke up in her home in Whakarewarewa, New Zealand, to what she thought was an earthquake. She got out of bed and looked out her kitchen window to see “a big geyser coming out of the ground,” she told Radio New Zealand.

Authorities came to expect the land and monitor the situation.

“Just as time has gone by - like hour or just every half-hour - it's turned into something really spectacular,” Gedye told local news. “It's like a huge big crater in the front lawn and there's mud flying like about 10 metres into the air.”

Later that day, Gedye was told that a sinkhole was opening up beneath her kitchen and she needed to leave her house.

Now, days later, the mudhole is still steaming and nobody knows when it will stop. Authorities have told Gedye that her home will be unlivable, but the longer the geyser rages on, the more damage it will cause. The sinkhole has expanded, eating up a neighbor’s garage.

Authorities have cordoned off an area around the hole and forbidden people to pass through. “Geothermal activity is unpredictable and while the ground may look safe it is currently unstable and could change at any time,” local authorities said in a warning to the public.

Gedye told local news that steam had come up from the ground near her home about four times in the last 20 years. Whakarewarewa is located on New Zealand's North Island in an area known for its volcanic activity.

As of Friday morning, the Rotorua Lakes Council said in a statement that there “has been slightly more ground collapse” and that they are “working with the owner to further secure the property.”