People think world’s biggest drain is ‘terrifying portal to middle of the Earth’

Incredible images from a drone have shown the world's biggest drain which has been dubbed 'a terrifying portal to the middle of the Earth'.

YouTuber Matt Casias sent a camera over the top of the drain hole, called Morning Glory Spillway, as it showed an amazing view of the water swirling around.

Matt's footage raked in more than 1 million views but those who watched it were spooked by what he shared on the video platform.

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One comment read: “Why is there a giant hole in the middle of the lake where people swim, and why is there not a rope around?” And another stated: “That right there is the portal to hell.”

The man-made hole empties water from Lake Berryessa at the Monticello Dam in California to stop flooding. It was built in the 1950s with a diameter of 22 metres and the dam serves as part of an irrigation system with Lake Berryessa a reservoir providing water for agriculture in the Sacramento Valley.

Lake Berryessa can hold around a 52 billion gallons of water before the excess begins to flow into the spillway. The drain hole can be seen functioning when the water reaches a high level in the dam.

The lake reached full capacity for the first time in 11 years back in 2018 and after a season of heavy rainfall it attracted thousands of curious onlookers a year later.

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Tragically, in 1997, a woman lost her life to the ginormous drain.

Emily Schwalek was paddling in the lake and couldn’t stop being dragged to the hole, with reports saying that she held onto the rim for about 20 minutes before falling to her death.

Today, the hole is no longer a safety hazard, as the reservoir is roped off and prohibits swimming or boating.

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