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
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(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.

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Mar 27, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
We used to swim in them growing up. Theres an entire park in North Florida dedicated to them. Big Blue Sink. Beautiful place. That vid in China was crazy. Helluva way to die.
Mar 27, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
Funny. I recall there being a story about a housing bubble in the 1920s caused by the expansion of the highway system and Florida real estate (no one is buying a house in the middle of a peninsula without a road to get back and forth). There was some consequential effects on the financial market in the 1930s, and then STRONG and MATURE discussion about taxes. Anyone know how that turned out?
Mar 27, 2013 11:42 AM CDT
The expression "Mother Nature" becomes obvious the more "sinkholes" appear.....