Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

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

Posted by   + Show Post

 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.

Neon Washable Paint

by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:42 AM
Replies (51-59):
Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

This may sound nuts, but perhaps because their is more acidity in the water, which eats through limestone at a much faster rate?

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

BUMP!

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

 I heard about this on the radio this morning (I did not read the OP-sorry)

Why does it happen? Because people are building their homes on land that is not really actual LAND but landfill and swamp, etc......

Look at the Sandy storm back in Oct. 2012. Most of the damage to homes were because homes really should not be built there in the first place.

supercarp
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM

There have always been sinkholes in Florida, (did you ever read "The Yearling?") it's just that now that there are so many more people, more people fall into them.

SWasson
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I have some theories:

1. Increased population density. When a sinkhole opens in someone's field, no one dies and it doesn't make the news.

2. 24-hour news cycle—they cover more things as news than they used to. 

3. We didn't used to have as many regulations about where you could put a house, and it's just a matter of time until some areas have more of this happening.

dustinsmom1
by JENN on Mar. 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM
1 mom liked this

 Th earth is going to shake us off like a bad case of fleas eventually. Shes getting tired of us parasites.

hopealways4019
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Scary! Guess can cross Florida off, places too live.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
hopealways4019
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM
I have lived in pa for 41 yrs. Never heard sink hole swallowing anyone?


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.






Posted on CafeMom Mobile
coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Philadelphia has had quite a few over the years.

Quoting hopealways4019:

I have lived in pa for 41 yrs. Never heard sink hole swallowing anyone?




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.







Posted on CafeMom Mobile
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN