Second sinkhole appears: Another sinkhole appeared on Monday between two homes in the Tampa area—just miles from where another sinkhole destroyed a home and left a man dead.
Another sinkhole appeared in the Tampa, Fla., area just a few days after a sinkhole opened up underneath nearby house, killing a man.
The latest sinkhole opened just a few miles from the one that appeared last week, but officials said that the new one does not pose much danger, reported Reuters.
There have been no injuries or structural damage at this time, reported WFLA-TV. A fence dividing two pieces of property was damaged.
Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz said the new sinkhole appeared between two homes and is about 12-feet around and 3 to 5 feet deep—much smaller than the other one. The sinkhole that appeared under the home days ago is approximately 30-feet around and 60 feet deep. Puz said, “It is not geologically connected.”
Laurie Goldstein, who lives across from the newest sinkhole, said that she will have her house inspected.
“Is it too close for comfort having it across the street? Yeah. Is my house gonna sink? Yeah it’s very, it’s scary,” she told WFLA.
Experts have said that thousands of sinkholes appear in Florida every year due to the geological nature of the state.
“There’s hardly a place in Florida that’s immune to sinkholes,” Sandy Nettles, the owner of a geology consulting company near Tampa, told The Associated Press. “There’s no way of ever predicting where a sinkhole is going to occur.”
Over the weekend, Florida officials began to demolish the home of Jeff Bush, who fell into the sinkhole last week. On Monday, crews returned to the Bush home to take down the remainder of the house and will later begin to stabilize the hole.
Florida officials have said there were no signs of life in the sinkhole where Bush fell.
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