“Sitting on the edge of the Oregon coast is what appears to be a gaping sinkhole that never seems to fill despite the unbroken stream of sea water that drains into it, but Thor’s Well, as the natural wonder is known, is not bottomless, but it is very dangerous.” – Atlas Obscura
Some call it a “gaping sinkhole,” the “drainpipe of the Pacific” even a “gate to hell.” It’s known as a bucket list item for any thrill-seeking photographer, but a place that will swallow you whole if you venture too close…
Located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, just three miles south of Yachats, Thor’s Well is a bowl-shaped hole carved out of the rough basalt shoreline. At high tide, the waves roll underneath the bowl, filling it from the bottom until it bubbles out the top or bursts up in a violent spray. The water then rolls back into the hole, making Thor’s Well appear to fill and drain endlessly.
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