3rd Sinkhole Opens in Town Where Man Died in One
This one appeared between two yards
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
This is the location of the first sinkhole to make the news in Seffner.   (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

(Newser) – Thousands of sinkholes plague Florida, so the occasion of a new one emerging wouldn't be overly noteworthy—except that this one is located in Seffner, making it the third such sinkhole that has opened up in town in the last month. The first claimed the life of a man whose bedroom was above the sinkhole. That one was located less than two miles from sinkhole No. 3, which sits between two homes and was spotted by kids on Saturday. MyFox Tampa Bay reports that the hole is 10 feet deep and 8.5 feet wide.

The owner of one of the homes flanking the hole tells Bay News 9 she panicked upon learning about it. "I said, 'oh my god!' I was thinking about the neighbors down the street ... It’s just very, very scary." Of course, as Bay 9 News notes, it wasn't scary enough to get her out of her own bedroom: She was issued a voluntary evacuation warning, and while she's "kinda packing up stuff just in case we do need to leave" she hasn't done so yet. The owner of the home across from her apparently had the property inspected for sinkholes in recent weeks. See a photo here.

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Mar 25, 2013 10:47 PM CDT
One of the clumsiest Newser headlines in...well, it'd have to be at least an hour.
Mar 25, 2013 9:34 PM CDT
According to the Vostok Ice Core samples, Florida will be under water in as few as 2000 years. That's because every 125,000 or so years (peak to peak), Earth fully warms enough to melt both poles. You can easily sail to Russia from Canada going straight north. The south pole becomes a lush forest (from the leaves evident in the ice core samples). The nice thing is that is has happened 4 times in the past 450,000 years. I will cool again and we enter an ice age. Everything freezes solid down to Chicago and stays that way until GLOBAL WARMING happens again. Then the thaw comes and Earth once again heats up and melts things off ,again. The bad part of this is humans came along in the latest cycle and messed it all up with greenhouse gasses. Its like we pressed, "TURBO" for the warming cycle. Had we not done that, Earth would have had another 5000 years before polar melting. But since we did, look for melting to begin not too far ahead and fully flood lower elevations on Earth in just 2000 years. Can't stop it, its going to happen, the Vostok data doesn't lie.
Mar 25, 2013 7:24 PM CDT
Well, at least we Floridians can say that we're "holy" in more ways than one.