Friday Fotos: Massive Sinkholes

Last night a Florida man fell into a sinkhole that opened suddenly and swallowed the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home. CNN reports the sinkhole is about 20 feet to 30 feet across and may be 30 feet deep, but sadly there are no signs of life as of tonight.

Sinkholes are common in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The state lies on bedrock made of limestone or other carbonate rock that can be eaten away by acidic groundwater, forming voids that collapse when the rock can no longer support the weight of what’s above it. In fact, many of the lakes in Florida are relic sinkholes.

But sinkholes can happen anywhere in the world as shown below…

APTOPIX Germany Landslide and sinkhole

sinkhole in parking lot

sinkhole in road

collapsed segment of a street in Germany

sinkhole in Guatemala

Guatemala sinkhole

Great blue hole

Have a great weekend! 🙂 j & B

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