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WTF? Good Grief! What are your thoughts to why this keeps happening?

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 I swear, I hear more stories about this all the time...And I never heard of it before about a decade ago..Why does this kind of thing seem to be increasing? WTF?

Florida man swallowed by sinkhole feared dead

By Nick Valencia and Tina Burnside, CNN
updated 7:28 AM EST, Fri March 1, 2013
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Florida man swallowed by giant sinkhole


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The missing man cries as he falls into the hole
  • NEW: Engineers with monitoring equipment find no signs of life
  • The victim's brother tries to save the man
  • The hole is about 100 feet wide

(CNN) -- A man swallowed by sinkhole under his bedroom in Florida is believed dead, authorities said early Friday, after monitoring equipment found no signs of life.

The 36-year-old "is presumed dead" after the incident Thursday night, according to Jessica Damico, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Fire Department.

"It's not confirmed, but I think it's safe to presume," she said.

This is a Google street view of the house taken before the sinkhole opened up.
This is a Google street view of the house taken before the sinkhole opened up.

Engineers used monitoring equipment to search for signs of life without success. Some of the equipment went missing in the process.

"There is no evidence of him being alive," she said.

The victim cried out to his brother for help as the hole that opened up under his bedroom in Brandon, a suburb of Tampa. The brother tried frantically to pull him out.

Rescuers had to take the brother away from the edge of the chasm as it continued to grow, with the lost man nowhere in sight.

Using radar, engineers determined the sinkhole is about 100 feet in diameter, but it is not visible above ground except from inside the house.

The ground covering the massive cavity is mostly intact, but it could buckle, taking the entire house down with it -- as well as neighboring homes.

Authorities have evacuated the neighborhood.

The hole occurred naturally, Damico said, and is still actively developing. It is not man-made.

The bedroom is on top of the hole's center. Engineers will return with more sophisticated monitoring equipment after daybreak to get a better idea of its dimensions. They believe it could be 50 feet deep.

Authorities were unable to contact the victim as the sinkhole expanded, and the house was deemed unsafe for rescuers. The local fire marshal has condemned it, Damico said.

Five adults and one 2-year-old child were inside the home when chasm opened up, she said.

The victim's brother, who attempted to rescue him, was first taken to the Red Cross, then a local hotel.

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by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM
I'm in PA...not new here either.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I grew up in Florida and this is nothing new.
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Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM
The climate has gotten a good bit hotter(in terms of how much impact it has-bit the actual degree amount). That means there is a lot more non-frozen water out there. I think it will probably keep happening and probably get worse before the climate cools again. I still remember that gigantic one that opened up in South America(I think?) a few years back... That was some scary looking stuff! And it still wigs me out seeing the pictures.

Quoting NWP:

Thanks for the info...I have been around for a while and just never heard about this kind of thing happening until about a decade ago. Seems they are everywhere now.

Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

Everything I saw on google search indicates they are possibly going to do it, but not actively doing it. It seems to be more of a natural phenomenon at this point. With everything else going on with the climate changes, maybe there is beginning to be too much underground water... Like maybe it is eroding the ground in some places causing it to weaken and sink in.



Quoting NWP:

Do the frack near Tampa? I just wonder if this sudden appearance of sink holes has anything to do with fracking....they seem to have appeared around the same time.


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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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The ground water is no longer there to hold up the coral rock. The ground water had been there for thousands or millions of years but people are now using the water and it no longer reaches the surface so it can't hold up the millions of little caves that naturally occur in a place like Florida. It's too many people drinking and using the water that had been functioning as a stabilizer for the ground above it. Been happening for many years and is happening more now because Florida is low on fresh water underground.
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DivingDiva
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

The sinkhole hazard in inherent to the type of geology found in the area.   I lived in Florida in the 1990's and this kind of thing happened from time to time back then, too.  It is very creepy and tragic.  

DivingDiva
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM



Quoting AdrianneHill:

The ground water is no longer there to hold up the coral rock. The grounds water had been there for thousands or millions of years but people are now using the water and it no longer reaches the surface so it can't hold up the millions of little caves that naturally occur in a place like Florida. It's too many people drinking and using the water that had been functioning as a stabilizer for the ground above it. Been happening for tressed and is happening more now because Florida is low on fresh water

Yes.  Subsidence is much more likely the culprit here than too much water.  


UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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I can recall 2 sinkholes in my neighborhood when i was a kid in the 80's.

It's not that sinkholes are happening more it's that areas are more populated so they have a bigger impact. That's what happens when any species reaches infestation levels of population...it creates lots more ways for people to die. 

CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I heard about this on the radio this morning and it's terrible.

Everything I've read about it seems to indicate that it was a naturally occurring sinkhole, which is fairly common.  How about they stop building on unstable ground?  You cannot control natural or geological phenomenon, but you have the equipment to pinpoint the areas where this can occur and if they don't stop building on unstable ground it'll just keep happening. 

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM


Really? Wow, that is so scary. I could almost understand Fla, with it being so marshy, but I would have never thought of PA

Quoting coolmommy2x:

I'm in PA...not new here either.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I grew up in Florida and this is nothing new.



coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM
I live just north of Philadelphia and you usually hear of a few every year. Good Morning Amerikca showed a chart where it's most common (but not like an everyday thing) and of the 5 or 6 states, PA was one.

Quoting fireangel5:


Really? Wow, that is so scary. I could almost understand Fla, with it being so marshy, but I would have never thought of PA


Quoting coolmommy2x:

I'm in PA...not new here either.



Quoting lizzielouaf:

I grew up in Florida and this is nothing new.




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babygirl4326
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

BUMP!

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