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Sinkhole Swallows 2 Homes in Florida Neighborhood

The phenomena is common in the Sunshine State


FloridaOn Thursday morning a home in Dunedin, Fla., was fully consumed by a rapidly expanding sinkhole.

Local fire department officials say that the sinkhole has grown to about 80 feet in diameter and is thought to be about 40 feet deep. Two nearby homes are reported to have been destabilized by the sinkhole and are collapsing into it.

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The sinkhole is still growing in size, forcing the evacuation of other nearby homes. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far.

Florida’s underlying geology makes it especially vulnerable to sinkholes, which form when acids dissolve limestone deposits, creating empty pockets underground. The collapse of the thin ground covering the voids can occur without warning, endangering anyone near the sinkhole when it opens.

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