Giant sinkhole swallows building in Florida

July 23, 2011FLORIDA – A massive sinkhole has opened up in the town of Leesburg, Florida, and it’s hungry. It’s already gobbled up a garbage bin, an oak tree, the back wall of the building housing a salon, and racks of supplies. The chasm that caused Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply to collapse is about 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Although the street surrounding the building has also fallen prey to the pit, officials say the hole isn’t growing. But the slowly sinking building is causing some growing concern for neighbors who live nearby. The sinkhole started after a torrential downpour at the end of June. The heavy rains lead to plenty of pits opening in Central Florida. Since the 1950s, 3,100 sinkholes have been recorded in Florida. The naturally occurring holes open up when acidic groundwater dissolves the rock formations, no longer able to support the ground above it, causing terra firma to collapse inward. A neighbor across the street said he heard the sinkhole before he saw it. He told the Orlando Sentinel, “It woke me up. I heard a crack, a boom. I thought it was a wreck, like someone hit a transformer or something.” The pits have certainly opened up interest on the Web. A Guatemala City hole found under a grandmother’s bed this week caused lots of speculation. In fact, some sharp-eyed commenters on Yahoo! suspect the hole to be caused by an abandoned well. –Yahoo
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4 Responses to Giant sinkhole swallows building in Florida

  1. Brandon says:

    Alvin, What exactly are sinkholes?

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  2. Marla says:

    With all the underground tunneling (bunkers, cities, etc.), I suspect it is contributing to what is happening to the crust of our planet.

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  3. Novus Ordo Seclorum says:

    if you build on a swamp this can and will happen

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