April 7 — A recently released geological study by a pair of Southern Methodist University researchers shook West Texas with news about what’s happening underground — but earthquakes weren’t the issue.

In 1980, a sinkhole northeast of Wink formed suddenly, and ground collapsed in 2002 just east of the West Texas town, making an even larger hole. The Wink Sinks, as they’re called, are more than just geological curiosities. Several organizations have since researched areas around West Texas to see if sinkholes can happen in other parts of the Permian Basin.

— Midland Reporter-Telegram