Second Sinkhole Appears In Florida; Are They Related? [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 5, 2013 10:20 AM EST

Guatemala City Sinkhole
Sinkholes, like this one in Guatemala City, usually appear after heavy rains and can grow rapidly in a matter of days. (Photo: YouTube)

A second sinkhole has appeared in Florida just days after a 30-foot chasm swallowed half a house and one unlucky man. The second sinkhole opened up in the Tampa area just miles from the sinkhole that may have killed Jeffrey Bush. Authorities are reluctant to declare Bush dead because no corpse has been observed inside the sinkhole even though there are no signs of life. The second sinkhole was less damaging and much smaller in size -- 12 feet round, 3 feet deep around the edge and about 5 feet deep in the center according to Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz.

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The second sinkhole is seen by observers as the start of sinkhole season in Florida, a period during the spring when the porous limestone under much of west central Florida is most likely to create a sinkhole. According to Wikipedia "sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by circulating ground water. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. These sinkholes can be dramatic, because the surface land usually stays intact until there is not enough support. Then, a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur."

Local officials are investigating the second sinkhole to determine what is to be done about it, wrote Tampa Bay Online.

"Oh God, it's scary, you never know what could happen," Katia Varga, who lives two doors down from the new sinkhole," told Fox News. "See it happened to that man? It happened to our neighbor; it could happen to anyone. You got to watch out and be safe."

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Fortunately for residents the second sinkhole does not appear to pose immediate danger, police told Reuters. They said the second sinkhole is not part of the larger sinkhole that opened last week.

"It is not geologically connected," Puz said.

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