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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

  • 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.

Neon Washable Paint

by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

 There was a rock quarry close to benbrook lake when I was a kid. They have since built a hospital and high-end housing there. I'm just waiting for it to fall in one day. 

by Bazinga! on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM


by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

One thing people dont' realize when "water restrictions" are put into place is that THIS is what the city is trying to prevent.  Aquifers are complicated natural structures, and droughts/overuse of water can change them in surprising ways.

Cities put out water restrictions to try and keep enough water in the aquifer so that it doesn't erode away.  A recent example would be the strawberry harvest in Florida a few years back.  There was a major dought with water restrictions put into place.  But corporate farms simply paid the fines and continued to water the strawberries.  Eventually, sinkholes began opening up, swallowing home and roads.  The truest tragedy is that about half the harvest was left to rot in the fields, because with all the sunshine and water they had more strawberries than could be harvested in time!  So homes around the farms and aquifers were destroyed to over-produce the crop.

That is one possible (and considering the drought we had last year) cause of the sudden eruption of sinkholes.  We have had a few crazy years with flooding and then droughts.  People don't listen when the city orders them to stop watering their lawns or restrict water usage.

But even removing the human elements:  Flood water (or torrential rains associated with hurricanes) can seep into the ground and essentially create a water reservoir where one didn't used to be.  When the flood dries up, eventually that deposit will dry up and run out as well, creating a sinkhole.  

Another possibility, considering this one was in Florida, is that the ground used to be marshland.  This would increase the risk of water reservoirs forming beneath the site, and if the water dries out or runs out, you have a sinkhole.  Early "marshland reclamation" construction would just dump dirt and gravel on the site until it was solid enough to build on, with no thought given to the spongy, absorbent layers beneath.  Over time, with enough rain/flooding and erosion, the soft marshy ground beneath the dirt and gravel would start to give out.

(I'll admit I took my geology classes a few years ago, so I might be rusty.  LOL  But that is my take on it.)

by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 We have a sink hole on our property. A small one. Didn't appear until they started drilling. Not saying it's responsible but...

by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

It's beautiful! As a history geek, I love PA, Gettysburg, Philly, Valley Forge. I drive out there to see him and wander around VF for hours. And of course I can' t pass by without stopping at Gettysburg. Last time I was out there, I stopped at teh Flight 93 memorial on the way home. 
PA is such a pretty drive too. Although driving the mountains make me nervous. Driving thru Indiana and Ohio is DULL! 

Quoting coolmommy2x:

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.

by Christy on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

It is the geology of Florida and other such areas. 

by guerrilla girl on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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I am sure this is not true for every case, but I have my suspicions about some.

Quoting furbabymum:

 We have a sink hole on our property. A small one. Didn't appear until they started drilling. Not saying it's responsible but...

Neon Washable Paint

by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

 I read that Florida has the most number of sinkholes in the country.  I can't even imagine what this would be like to go through.  It's so crazy!  My heart goes out to the family.

by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

very sad

by Kellie on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM
This is one of the reasons I would never live in Flordia. Hurricanes being another.

I also wouldn't live in Louisiana because I don't want to live in a swamp or marsh!
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