Known as the “drainpipe of the Pacific,” Thor’s Well likely formed after a sea cave collapsed.
One of the most mysterious natural wonders of the oceans is Thor’s Well, which resembles a bottomless abyss and seems to be robbing the sea of its water. In reality, Thor’s Well is the collapsed ceiling of a sea cave that was carved out by water and left in ruins.
Thor’s Well, which is located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area on the Oregon coast, has a very variable appearance based on the time of day or, more precisely, the tide. Thor’s Well is briefly hidden by water during high tide until it appears as though it is draining through, earning the unusual formation the nickname “the drainpipe of the Pacific.”
Thor’s Well’s contents can bubble up and fly out the top in a stunning shower of sudsy-looking water during storms or rough seas. Thor’s Well is probably at its most photogenic during this time, but anyone who approaches too closely runs the greatest risk of being sucked inside.
According to reports, no one has yet perished in Thor’s Well, although a few people have been hurt when the strong currents and tremendous waves around the hole slammed them against the rock. It’s simple to understand how events could quickly change when explosions from the well can reach heights of up to six meters (20 feet).
Thor’s well is significantly less menacing during low tide since water may be seen pleasantly bubbling about as it passes underneath the basin. It is at this point that the sinkhole’s inhabitants are revealed: mussels, barnacles, and starfish can be seen along the pit, which has a diameter of roughly three meters (10 feet).
The name Thor’s Well, which sounds fairly dramatic, is in honor of the Norse mythological character. Thor is claimed to have crushed the hole into Oregon’s shoreline with his large hammer, which is an explanation that is unquestionably sexier than a collapsing sea cave.
Thor’s Well, which is composed of the same basalt that covers the Oregon coastline, is about six meters (20 feet) deep and is at its most explosive just before high tide when it starts to fill with fizzy seawater. The mythical bowl is located in Cook’s Chasm, which is south of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.
This section of Oregon’s coastline has been shaped by the mighty Pacific over millions of years into something like to a theme park for exciting ocean sports.
Spouting horns, a comical coastal creature that is essentially an ocean geyser driven by seawater rushing in through a small opening, can be found further in Cook’s Chasm. The result is exploding water fountains that might appear out of nowhere, resembling a whale breaching the surface of the ocean.
According to the National Weather Service, sneaker waves have claimed several lives in Oregon, raising additional concerns. They are extremely enormous waves with a high concentration of sand that can appear abruptly and without warning. They are also known as sleeper waves.
Sneaker waves are uncommon but extremely deadly, thus it pays to be cautious when visiting Cook’s Chasm. If unsure, consult the NWS public alerts for information on weather warnings that can make sneaker waves more likely.