Extra large Florida sinkhole today

We try not to post every bit of sinkhole news around the country as many open up periodically and more seem to happen with the oil rush on these days. We want readers here to understand the Bayou Corne sinkhole is different. It is a collapsed salt dome, not a traditional sinkhole. However, . . . .

Today:

Sinking Florida resort villa evacuated

CNN – Florida sinkhole swallows parts of resort near Disney World

LINK –  http://youtu.be/Tij9fwSif2k

And last week a huge (as yet unexplained) sinkhole opened in west Kansas

Giant Sinkhole Draws Visitors to Western Kansas

KAKA/ABC PHOTO

[back on Aug. 3rd it looked like this:]

LINK –  http://youtu.be/-AYl85tLTHs

Thanks to tip from Harriette – 😉

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2 thoughts on “Extra large Florida sinkhole today

  1. This is a good example of why it is insane to put nuclear power plants in areas with karst topography, hurricanes, tornadoes, and high number of lightning strikes.

    In Florida, I don’t think developers much care about the stability of the area over which they place their developments. Some areas are historically prone to sinkholes. Increasing irresponsible development further deletes aquifer system and increases likelihood of sinkholes forming.

    Fluctuating rainfall levels and the effects permeating the limerock tunnels/caverns and also underground water flow levels are a given.

    There is a place near where I live that is known as a spot where and underground stream appears flowing across the road depending on the fluctuations below. It hasn’t been seen in 20 years, but used to be a regular local phenomena.

    I remember decades ago when disney world was put in, it alone drained the Orlando Kissimmee area aquifer supply and caused the area springs and seeps to shrink or disappear, and soon eliminated most of the citrus industry there as well through using aquifer water that had supplied irrigation. ( Increasing freezes later contributed) The Mouse takes what the Mouse wants.

    • And many US NPPs are on tsunami-vunerable coast lines and the NRC never even bothered with a tsunami-risk assessment until long after Fukushima. And then they said OK because they had a back up system for power. But those are good only for hours. A tsunami would knock out above ground power lines in all directions.

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