Florida Town Plagued by 4th Sinkhole?

Seffner just can't catch a break

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 8:17 AM CDT | Updated Mar 27, 2013 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you were considering moving to Seffner, Florida, we'd advise you to look elsewhere. Yet another sinkhole may have struck in the town; it's still unconfirmed, but the possibility forced two families to evacuate last night. Seffner's first sinkhole killed a 37-year-old man; its second appeared just three miles away; and its third opened up between two homes. In the latest case, residents called 911 when a duplex's floor buckled, its walls cracking, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

No visible sinkhole appeared, but rescue crews identified soft soil around the home, spurring the evacuation. A crew will today sample the soil beneath the duplex, which sits about three miles from the first sinkhole. The news is scary but not exactly surprising: Sinkholes plague the state by the thousands. They're a problem in China, too: A security guard was sucked into a four-story-deep sinkhole on the streets of Shenzhen last night, the South China Morning Post reports. The 25-year-old man was dead by the time police arrived, the International Business Times reports. The entire incident was caught on video.

A photo of the first Seffner sinkhole.
A photo of the first Seffner sinkhole.   (AP Photo/ABC Action News-WFTS TV)
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A video of the China sinkhole incident.   (Jack Zhou)

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