Sinkhole Appears Outside White House

If you're one for metaphors or omens, this one could prove a doozy: A sinkhole has appeared outside the White House.

Voice of America reporter Steve Herman‏ tweeted out two photos of the sinkhole on Tuesday (which you can see by clicking here). It's a formidable sinkhole and appears to be fairly deep.

"This week I've been observing a sinkhole on the @WhiteHouse North Lawn, just outside the press briefing room, growing larger by the day," Herman tweeted.

Officials had seemingly cordoned off the area surrounding the sinkhole with orange traffic cones and yellow caution tape. "It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday," Herman told Quartz. "It's more than a foot long right now."

Herman added that a second sinkhole has opened up next to it.

An actual sinkhole has opened on the @WhiteHouse lawn. It’s growing. via @qz

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2018

Twitter, of course, latched onto the idea of a sinkhole appearing outside the White House. Elle's Jessica Roy, for instance, joked it was a "resistance icon." It's also worth noting this isn't the first sinkhole to pop up next to one of the homes of President Donald Trump. Around this time last year, a sinkhole appeared near his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida.

Sinkholes such as the one on the White House lawn are typically caused by water significantly loosening soil beneath the ground surface, which then causes the area to collapse in. The National Park Service said the sinkhole was first spotted on Sunday and that it was looking into fixes.

"The National Park Service has been monitoring the situation and is bringing in some additional experts to help best determine a remedy," National Parks spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said. "Sinkholes, like this one, are common occurrences in the Washington area following heavy rain like the DC metro area has experienced in the last week."

The National Parks Service suggested the sinkhole likely wouldn't cause any harm.

"We do not believe it poses any risk to the White House," the statement read, "or is representative of a larger problem."