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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
Watch this video

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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Aamy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM
There are many many many reasons to what causes sink holes. Poor man. I hope they at least find him.
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DivingDiva
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM



Quoting CorpCityGrl:

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. 


If people couldn't build on unsuitable land the entire state of Florida would be mostly uninhabitable by humans.  

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM


Never knew that. Still scary. My son is at Villanova so PA caught my attention. I really didnt realize that they happen as often as they do in the US

Quoting coolmommy2x:

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.






mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

This sometimes happens here in Chicago. This city was built on marshland. It tends to occur when construction is going on. I have to pass through a construction zone on my way to the gym and I am always terrified that I'll fall into a sinkhole. 

DivingDiva
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

It's not marshland that is prone to sinkholes - it's the underlying limestone or other karst.  The USGS article posted on page 1 explains it pretty well.  

coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Villanova is very pretty. I used to work out that way, DH does now. We had tickets to a basketball game but at the last minute couldn't go. =(

Quoting fireangel5:


Never knew that. Still scary. My son is at Villanova so PA caught my attention. I really didnt realize that they happen as often as they do in the US


Quoting coolmommy2x:

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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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM


Quoting FrogSalad:

Quit building on unstable ground?  This article doesn't say whether the house was built on former marshland or not.  It does say that the sink hole was a naturally-occurring one.

Could be that there is nothing that could have been done to prevent it other than not building there in the first place.  If it's a geological phenomenon, it's going to keep happening.

That house looks to be about 40 years old.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Global warming.
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The Palisades Mall in West Nyack, NY is built on top of what used to be a dump site that was filled in to build on. Architects have had to reinforce it numerous times in the last 15 years. I keep expecting that mall to fall to the center of the earth.

Karen2313
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Really scary. My brother in law had a small sink hole happen in his back yard. They live in Oviedo Florida. I guess they are pretty common in Florida. We live in Colorado Springs.

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