A situation where entire houses suddenly fall into gaping pits sounds like it could only exist in a horror movie. But sinkholes are real, and they're fairly common in states like Florida. The very worst sinkholes have caused losses of life, homes, and property. Florida is prone to sinkholes because the state is built on a foundation of limestone, which is a porous, soluble rock that can be dissolved by water. When the weight of manmade and natural structures becomes too great for the foundation to hold, a cavern in the ground opens up and takes everything above with it. Because of Florida's weather, which includes torrential summer rains, sinkholes are common in the state.
Human Activity Can Create Sinkholes
A Man Was Swallowed Into A Sinkhole When His Bedroom Collapsed
A Woman Was Trapped Inside A Sinkhole In Her Backyard Twice Within The Same Year
There Are Warning Signs When A Sinkhole Is Imminent
A 1981 Sinkhole Swallowed A Car Dealership And An Olympic Pool
A Sinkhole Opened Up Under A Resort In 2013