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Sinkhole Opens Under Resort Near Disney

Guests evacuate as three-story building collapses

(Newser) - Get nervous, Sleeping Beauty: This could have been your house. A 60-foot sinkhole opened under a Florida resort last night, causing one three-story building to collapse and another to slowly sink into the ground, CNN reports. The Summer Bay Resort is about 10 miles away from Walt Disney World. One... More »

Toledo Sinkhole Claims Car

Driver hospitalized, roads closed

(Newser) - A 60-year-old woman found herself—and her car—trapped in a sinkhole yesterday in Toledo, Ohio. The hole was some 10 feet deep, but Pamela Knox was able to extricate herself using a ladder, the Toledo Blade reports. She was hospitalized but appeared unhurt. The hole formed as a result... More »

Forklift Driver Survives Plunge Into Soy Sauce

Gaping hole opens in warehouse floor

(Newser) - It's still unclear what caused a warehouse floor to collapse in New Jersey yesterday, ABC 7 notes, but it seems a forklift may have saved its driver's life. As Danny Rodriguez was operating the vehicle, a hole opened below him and he fell—apparently into a mix of... More »

California Subdivision Mysteriously Sinks Away

Eight homes abandoned, 10 more soon to follow

(Newser) - Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March. The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property dropped 10 feet below... More »

Chicago Sinkhole Gobbles 3 Cars

Three cars fall in; one man injured

(Newser) - A giant sinkhole gobbled up three cars and sent one man to the hospital on the Southeast Side of Chicago this morning, the Chicago Tribune reports. The injured man was trying to maneuver his car around the hole when it widened underneath him. He sustained minor head injuries as his... More »

Video Reveals Depths of Florida Sinkhole

Seffner sinkhole killed Jeffrey Bush

(Newser) - The first good look into the Florida sinkhole that claimed Jeffrey Bush's life has been released. A video obtained by Bay News 9 shows the 60-foot-deep chasm, from which authorities weren't able to recover Bush's body. It was taken through the bedroom window before the home was... More »

Florida Town Plagued by 4th Sinkhole?

Seffner just can't catch a break

(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... More »

3rd Sinkhole Opens in Town Where Man Died in One

This one appeared between two yards

(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... More »

12-Acre Sinkhole Plaguing Louisiana

Salt mine collapses, forcing residents to evacuate—7 months ago

(Newser) - Another sinkhole is plaguing the US, and this one is a monster: A 12-acre sinkhole in Louisiana forced Bayou Corne residents to evacuate seven months ago, with a fading chance they'll ever be able to return, reports Grist . The sinkhole, which originally measured nine acres, was created when a... More »

Illinois Sinkhole Swallows Golfer

But Mark Mihal is OK

(Newser) - Florida isn't the only state dealing with sinkhole troubles : On an Illinois golf course Friday, golfer Mark Mihal suddenly dropped into one. "I was standing in the middle of the fairway," he tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it,... More »

Sinkhole a Big Headache for Florida Church

Church says it can't use building, but State Farm says there's 'no problem'

(Newser) - Florida has been hit with yet another suspected sinkhole —this one preventing a North Naples congregation from using a beloved church. "The floor in the main auditorium has sunk about four-and-a-half inches in one area," says the pastor at Faith Community Church. A landscaper has already tumbled... More »

2nd Florida Sinkhole Opens Near First

Initial site now considered missing man's grave

(Newser) - The residents of Seffner, Fla., are on edge after a fresh sinkhole appeared just three miles from where a sinkhole swallowed a man last week . The new sinkhole, which is about 10 feet deep, appeared between two homes yesterday afternoon, ABC reports. Authorities say the hole is not geologically connected... More »

Crew Saves Mementos From Sinkhole Home

Family watches, weeps

(Newser) - Crews have now razed about half of the Florida home that fell victim to a sinkhole last week , and workers managed to grab some keepsakes for its former residents in the process. Among them: photos, a Bible, a jewelry box, a purse, and a pink teddy bear belonging to the... More »

Crews Begin Razing Fla. Sinkhole House

They'll try to push house toward street so family can enter

(Newser) - Crews with heavy equipment have begun the demolition of a Florida home over a huge sinkhole where a man is presumed dead after being swallowed by the earth. The search for Jeff Bush, 37, was called off yesterday, and a heavy machine with a large bucket scoop was moved into... More »

Rescuers Give Up on Sinkhole Victim

Jeffrey Bush was sucked into cavity under his house

(Newser) - Rescuers have called off the search for a Florida man who was sucked into a sinkhole under his bedroom late Thursday night, the AP reports. Officials said they plan to destroy the home of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush and ordered the next-door neighbors to move out before the sinkhole drags them... More »

Sinkholes Plague Florida by the Thousands

And people are sometimes to blame

(Newser) - Giant sinkholes like the one that swallowed a Florida man this week aren't so rare as you might think—and are sometimes caused by human behavior, the Christian Science Monitor reports. About 15,000 exist throughout Florida, most of them appearing slowly over a period of years while groundwater... More »

Search Continues for Man Swallowed by Sinkhole

Florida's Jeffrey Bush, 37, vanished while in his bedroom

(Newser) - Engineers are still gingerly trying to find a 37-year-old Florida man who disappeared into a sinkhole that opened up in his bedroom yesterday. Jeffrey Bush is presumed dead, and authorities say the sinkhole is so dangerous they can't risk simply sending searchers into it, reports AP . It's about... More »

Giant Sinkhole Swallows Florida Man

Homes beside the sinkhole evacuated as hole said to be growing

(Newser) - A giant sinkhole opened up last night under a man's bedroom in Brandon, Florida, swallowing the 34-year-old, who is believed to be dead, reports CNN . The man's brother tried to rescue him from being swallowed by the hole, but was unable to and was pulled away by rescuers... More »

Giant Sinkhole Eats Buildings in China

No injuries, but deep hole is still growing

(Newser) - This brings new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop." Five stores and one building were swallowed by a giant sinkhole in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, and the collapse was caught on video, reports the Christian Science Monitor . All of the approximately 300 people inside were evacuated... More »

Woman Discovers 40-Foot Sinkhole Under Bed

She heard a loud boom, and then...

(Newser) - This makes monsters under the bed sound tame: A woman in Guatemala City heard a loud noise on Monday and tracked down the source—a 40-foot-deep sinkhole under her bed. "When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there... More »

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