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(WPTV)   Come live in Florida, where the sun is bright, the beaches are warm and the SINKHOLES SWALLOW YOU WHOLE WHILE YOU'RE SLEEPING   (wptv.com) divider line 20
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2013-03-01 11:43:44 AM  
8 votes:

Glancing Blow: Gabrielmot: Confabulat: /not a grammar nazi

My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole a

Jesus people... RTFA.

The sinkhole is naturally occurring and appears to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, based on estimates made by engineers using radar, and it may be as deep as 50 feet, authorities say. It's not visible except inside the home.

Thank you sir, now could you help me with the math?  Don't you think the house has a rather large footprint if a 7,850 square foot hole can be hidden inside with room to spare? Diameter alleged to be 100', so 50*50*3.14=7850.


Ok, I got this one guys.

Catastrophic sinkholes like this are called "cover collapse" sinkholes. They happen because the sediments on top of the limestone have enough clay in them to stick together without the support of rock underneath. These features tend to collapse all at once (catostrophicly, even) because the topsoil holds over a void, sometimes for years, before collapsing all at once. Contrast to areas that have more sand in topsoil, where you get subsidence sinkholes that look like shallow, sandy depressions.

So what you have here is a large void, covered by a dome of clay. That clay collapse at the point where the guy's room was, sucking him into the void underneath the topsoil.

The emergency crews would have run ground penetrating radar around the house. Hence, they can tell that the void itself is quite large, large enough to swallow the house. However, the remaining topsoil is still holding together, and the only breach is inside the house. For how long, no one knows - hence the large safety zone around the house and why they won't let rescue crews near it.

So yes, the sinkhole is probably larger than the house. It's just that currently, the only area of topsoil that has given way is the small area under the bedroom.

Does that make sense?
2013-03-01 12:57:24 PM  
2 votes:

Deep Contact: Your living on a sandbar.


What about my living on a sandbar?
2013-03-01 11:54:34 AM  
2 votes:

Glancing Blow: Gabrielmot: Confabulat: /not a grammar nazi

My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole a

Jesus people... RTFA.

The sinkhole is naturally occurring and appears to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, based on estimates made by engineers using radar, and it may be as deep as 50 feet, authorities say. It's not visible except inside the home.

Thank you sir, now could you help me with the math?  Don't you think the house has a rather large footprint if a 7,850 square foot hole can be hidden inside with room to spare? Diameter alleged to be 100', so 50*50*3.14=7850.


Imagine it as a 100 foot balloon under the house and only the top of the balloon has a small hole.
2013-03-01 10:56:08 AM  
2 votes:
From the article, it says that the hole is at least 50 feet deep and a hundred feel across, but the only breach is inside the house.

Specifically, inside the guy's bedroom.

What kinda farking luck is that?  I hope to god the guy was asleep when it happened and he didn't feel a thing.  Can you imagine?  Laying there, worrying about things, staring at the ceiling and then the floor falls out, the ground literally opens up to swallow you whole and you DIE in the dark.

As for the family members, well, they just lost their home.  They'll never be able to live there again.

It's a farking tragedy.
2013-03-01 07:51:32 PM  
1 votes:
assets.diylol.com
2013-03-01 04:40:23 PM  
1 votes:
OK, who's the smartass that put the pentagram under the bed?

dude went straight to hell ---- well he was already in Florida so not much of a difference.
2013-03-01 03:46:24 PM  
1 votes:
Fark Rebel Soldier
Andromeda Strain, 1971.
/come at me bro
2013-03-01 11:52:07 AM  
1 votes:

Elegy: Does that make sense?


Plenty of sense and well-put. I'm expecting a CNN anchor to blame it on global warming.
2013-03-01 11:13:57 AM  
1 votes:
Wonder if the Sarlacc under the house was disclosed on the home inspection?

Huntceet: Florida, Americas wang - Homer Simpson
So are the sinkholes Americas herpes?


No, you're thinking of Yankees.
2013-03-01 11:08:12 AM  
1 votes:

NotoriousFire: Does anyone else think that house does not look 100 feet long? The hole is supposedly 100 feet across, yet not visible except inside the house. That house's size is rather decieving I guess.


It's not that big. It was misreported. The safety zone is 100 ft wide, though.
2013-03-01 11:08:04 AM  
1 votes:

NotoriousFire: Does anyone else think that house does not look 100 feet long? The hole is supposedly 100 feet across, yet not visible except inside the house. That house's size is rather decieving I guess.


The only 'breach' is inside the house.  The sinkhole exists even if it hasn't opened up completely yet.
2013-03-01 11:02:12 AM  
1 votes:

Confabulat: /not a grammar nazi

My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole a


Jesus people... RTFA.

The sinkhole is naturally occurring and appears to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, based on estimates made by engineers using radar, and it may be as deep as 50 feet, authorities say. It's not visible except inside the home.
2013-03-01 10:59:12 AM  
1 votes:

Slartibeerfest: How deep do sinkholes typically get?


Learn Mandarin
2013-03-01 10:58:47 AM  
1 votes:
These are common in Florida, they're opened by aliens who need to take a crap.
2013-03-01 10:56:30 AM  
1 votes:
www.honeysucklegelato.com
2013-03-01 10:55:16 AM  
1 votes:
They're only calling it a sinkhole because they don't want you to know about the graboids.
2013-03-01 10:48:21 AM  
1 votes:
Nothing ever trumps the [FLORIDA] tag s'mitter. NOTHING. Use it.
2013-03-01 10:44:33 AM  
1 votes:
All those photos and not one photo of the hole. I also hate it when they quote the horrible grammar of the interviewee. That's one place where I would love to see paraphrasing.

/not a grammar nazi
2013-03-01 10:43:03 AM  
1 votes:

Elegy: Confabulat: Seffner is not South Florida. It's Hillsborough County, up here by Tampa.

Technically correct, but as I live in the panhandle, anything south of Gainesville is South Florida to me.

/derp
//I feel stupid now


Living in Gainesville? I'd rather live in that sinkhole, than your sh*thole.
2013-03-01 10:24:11 AM  
1 votes:
And this right here is why I would never, ever, ever, buy a house in South Florida.

Ok, well, one of the reasons. There's also the rampant development, the greasy hustlers, the entitled old people, the out and out dysfunctional that South Florida attracts.

But mostly it's the geology. There is the ever present possibility that the earth will open up and swallow your entire house with no warning. Not to mentions the ongoing battles over sinkhole insurance rates and fraud....
 
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