Tampa, FL – As a second sinkhole appears in Florida, many Floridians might be wondering what causes sinkholes?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a Florida sinkhole swallowed a man alive, causing a bedroom to collapse down into the earth. Recovery efforts to locate the body of missing Seffner resident Jeff Bush officially ended, with the search being called off. Residents of the area are worried that the Florida sinkhole might spread to other houses in the region.
Only miles away from the first Florida sinkhole, a second sinkhole has appeared between two homes, straddling a fence. The second sinkhole measures about four meters around and 1.5 meters deep in the center but is not believed to be geologically connected to the one that opened up last Thursday under the home of Jeffrey Bush.
Florida sinkholes are actually fairly common. Florida residents used to be covered by insurance for sinkholes, but Florida sinkhole lawyers say that “private insurers are no longer required to automatically include sinkhole coverage in homeowner policies. Instead, the policies may protect for more limited circumstances, like those of catastrophic ground cover collapse damage. Sinkhole insurance policies now come with hefty additional fees.”
According to Yahoo News, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says that sinkholes in Florida are caused by the state’s porous geological bedrock. They describe how a second sinkhole might appear due to environmental conditions:
“As acidic rainwater filters into the ground, it dissolves the rock, causing erosion that can lead to underground caverns, which cause sinkholes when they collapse. Other subterranean events can cause holes, depressions or subsidence of the land surface that may mimic sinkhole activity, including collapsed or broken sewers or even buried rubbish and other debris.”
As a second sinkhole appears in the Tamp area, if you are in Florida, are you concerned about the dangers that Florida sinkholes may pose to your family?