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article imageSecond sinkhole appears in Tampa area, Florida

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 5, 2013 in Environment
The earth has caved yet again in the Seffner area of Florida, two miles away from the first 100 feet deep hole that opened last Thursday under the bedroom of 37-year-old Jeff Bush and destroyed a large part of the house.
Reuters reports that residents fear the 5 feet deep and 12 feet wide sinkhole could grow bigger and endanger homes.
According to AP, the new sinkhole appeared just miles from the first one. Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz, said it opened between two homes and was reportedly 3 feet deep around the edge and 5 feet deep in the center.
Puz said there was no geological connection between the new sinkhole and the first. The sinkhole has caused no injuries or damage to homes.
Digital Journal reported that the first sinkhole, about 30 feet wide and 100 feet deep, appeared at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, Florida, 15 miles from Tampa.
Bush disappeared into the hole with a scream while other occupants of the house owned by the family of his fiancee were preparing for bed, AP reports
Officials say it is unlikely that Bush's body will ever be recovered.
Crews collected Bush's personal effects still hanging on the wall. His brother Jeremy wanted them for closure. Jeremy Bush said: "I wanted to let him know that I love him. And I tried my hardest to get you out, bro."
Reuters reports that although thousands of sinkholes appear in Florida every year, most are much smaller than the Seffner sinkhole and deaths are uncommon
In 2002, a sinkhole about 150 feet across and 60 feet deep swallowed trees, sidewalk and sections of a park close to an apartment complex in western Orange County, Florida forcing authorities to evacuate two buildings with more than 100 residents, Reuters reports.
According to AP, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said Florida's sinkholes are caused by the state's porous geological bedrock. Acidic water that penetrates the ground dissolves rocks and causes erosion which over time leads to expansion of underground cavities that may collapse without warning.
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