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Sinkhole opens up between homes in retirement community

How Do You Predict Sinkholes? Call NASA

A retirement community in Florida is both physically and figuratively on edge as a sinkhole between two houses appears to be reopening after it was filled.


WTSP says, "A huge sinkhole that was filled just days ago in the retirement community of The Villages appears to be opening up again. It is threatening two homes in Sumter County."

WOFL says residents noticed the sinkhole over Easter weekend. Repair crews attempted to fill it and the ground was said to be stabilized. But then neighbors noticed the sinkhole was growing.

The sinkhole was about 65 feet wide and and 75 feet deep. Crews have now filled the hole with dirt and plan on monitoring it to see if it grows any more.

WJXT notes sinkholes have become a regular phenomenon. Last March, a Florida man died when a sinkhole essentially swallowed him alive while he was sleeping.

More recently, the ground opened up under part of a museum in Kentucky, swallowing up eight cars. They were corvettes belonging to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

But "CBS This Morning" says NASA is working on research that will help determine where sinkholes will open and whether they'll spread.

"Using unique radar technology that transmits electronic pulses, scientists can map out how the Earth's crust is shifting ... How accurate is this radar? centimeters, down to the centimeter level."

NASA says research shows surface layers move just slightly before a collapse - in some cases, even a month before the ground seemingly just disappears.

"This kind of movement may be more common than previously thought, particularly in areas with loose soil near the surface."

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MICHAEL April 25 2014 at 9:59 AM

you cant just "fill" a sink hole without figuring out FIRST what caused the sink hole to begin with. otherwise, yes, it will open up again.

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duarteintercorp April 25 2014 at 11:15 AM

well Brazil also just recently had a very similar case about a week ago but it was a bit bigger it was 1.6 mile by 1.6

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lchammer April 25 2014 at 8:54 PM

Can't wait to see the sink holes in the middle East from all that oil they took out of the ground.

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jzanyk lchammer April 25 2014 at 9:40 PM

No limestone beneath the surface so no sinkholes.

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Greg Bays lchammer April 25 2014 at 9:43 PM

This actually happens all of the time. The entire city of Long Beach, California, has actually sunk over the last 60 years due to oil production. In some spots it's several feet. Fortunately, the oil companies realized what was happening and started reinjecting water to control the subsidence.

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FIESTA & SIESTA April 25 2014 at 8:53 PM

I know people who say - Why would anyone want to live in CA with the earthquakes and mud slides? Well - it is starting to look like no matter where you live there is always something! I think a lot of swamp land in FL was filled built upon and now this is happening.

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jgrl360 April 25 2014 at 11:27 AM

anyone living in florida is in danger of sinkholes - more people move In, draining the larger water (clear) water underneath - creating gaps - florida is built on reefs/limestone etc. - not real stable ground - study where you want to buy property!!

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thomashollman19 April 25 2014 at 8:47 PM

Mother naturs been recycling for millions of years

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Iselin007 April 25 2014 at 11:34 AM

You would be surprised what some areas looked like before they were built on. In my area some people can't build on certain parts of their property due to under ground pipes laid to funnel runoff water from other places. One guy had a double lot with one of the lots off limits because of the hidden drain.

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Iselin007 April 25 2014 at 11:37 AM

I new someone who had a drain running through their property so they could not build on the lot. The guy moved to Kentucky only to buy property that had abandoned coal mines on it.

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Pat April 25 2014 at 8:05 PM

I won't watch the videos. First of all they have those dumb commercials or newscast reports that I'm not the least bit interested in. I see enough of them on TV. I would just rather read the article.

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jackfm1043 April 25 2014 at 11:43 AM

Wow sinks holes in Flroida no waayyyyyy LOL

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