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Huge sinkhole opens up near homes in Florida

Another Sinkhole Opens Up In Florida
Another Sinkhole Opens Up In Florida

BY TORI PARTRIDGE

Let's see, a giant sinkhole quickly expanding in central Florida - sounds familiar right?

"Deputies say the sinkhole started out as 25 feet wide and 30 feet deep, that is big, but it has since grown bigger." (Via WKMG)

The sinkhole appeared in Spring Hill, Florida, part of Hernando County: That's the same county where a Florida man died in March last year after a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. (Via CNN)

This latest sinkhole is now 120 ft wide and nearly 30 ft deep. WTSP reports police are on standby to evacuate more homes as the earth continues to fall away.

"Very scary, out of nowhere the earth just went straight up in the air, it exploded in the air, straight up, and then fell down." (Via ABC)

Although sinkholes are rare - and deaths from sinkholes even more so - Florida is apparently quite the popular place for them. The state has seen almost 300 ground depressions since 2010.

The entire state of Florida is classified as a karst landscape, which is formed when water dissolves carbonate bedrock, often limestone. A collapse can be triggered by a change in groundwater levels or heavy rainfalls. The collapses can leave even larger holes underground. (Via U.S. Geological Survey)

The holes left behind can be filled with a combination of sand and cement. Another technique called compaction grouting can also be used. Soil is injected into the earth and displaces the ground around it, making it more compact. (Via YouTube / Steve Marsh, Trial Exhibits, Inc.)

Police will continue to monitor the Spring Hills sinkhole through Sunday, when the cleanup process can begin.

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LINDA July 21 2014 at 7:41 AM

It does not surprise me about the sink hole. I live in Central Florida and if developers don't stop building on fragile lands there will be more sinkholes. We have become so over developed that there will soon be nothing left to enjoy. Our water table keeps getting lower and so many animals are disappearing. Florida cannot take much more before sinking into the Atlantic or the Gulf.

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crowland503 July 21 2014 at 5:08 AM

If the phony, deadbeat White House President scared to visit the southern border to see one of his crimes committed against the USA, he better not go to Florida. The sinkhole illustrates how much he desires to
sink this nation into a third world country for his Muslin-Taliban masters. Or he knows that what he crammed down the American People's throats can be repelled after his disgraceful presidency ends!!!

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msalesrme July 21 2014 at 6:22 AM

Spring Hill has moved to Hillsborough county?

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raptureus210 July 21 2014 at 8:18 AM

These types of things like sinkholes, earthquakes, droughts, etc.. are "growns" that Bibles speaks about. The earth "growns" for the return of Jesus. folks, call it what you want, global warming or what ever, these will continue to happen. Especially as long as this nation continue to keep God underneath the bus!

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chuck July 21 2014 at 6:01 AM

well thats what happens when you suck so much ground water out. too many people for the land to handle.

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kylerdowns July 21 2014 at 5:48 AM

Sinkholes are rare? around 75 per year since 2010 in Florida alone, and the writer says they are rare?

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northcliffeinc July 21 2014 at 11:34 AM

keep pumping out the water keep fracking keep destroying the land and theland will destroy you sad very sad

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Velocity105 July 21 2014 at 8:07 AM

Maybe a sinkhole will open under Washington.

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auntiesuzieq July 21 2014 at 8:28 AM

Duh! What is fracking going to do beside make thos Texas billionaires MORE $$. SO SAD.

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leslie auntiesuzieq July 21 2014 at 9:21 AM

What the frack are talking about? The hole is in central Florida! Don't ever stop your meds again!

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quincy_maxwell July 21 2014 at 1:45 PM

Just like the holes in those right-wing idiots heads that live in Florida that keep voting for those losers. Ha. Isn't Karma a wonderful thing?

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