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An enormous sinkhole has opened up in the town of Leesburg, Fla.,, and it's hungry. It's already gobbled up a garbage bin, an oak tree, the back wall of the building housing a salon and racks of supplies. You can watch a video charting its path of destruction above.
The chasm that caused Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply to collapse is about 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Although the street surrounding the building has also fallen prey to the pit, officials say the hole isn't growing. But the slowly sinking building is sparking growing concern for neighbors who live nearby. The sinkhole started after a torrential downpour at the end of June.
The heavy rains lead to plenty of pits opening in central Florida. Read Article
Heavy rains have been falling for millennia but it was not until recently that sinkhole activity has increased dramatically worldwide. So the explanation for this problem in the above story is simplistic at best. If heavy rains alone were reason enough to cause sinkholes to form, nobody would be able to build in places where heavy rains are a common occurrence.It is far more likely that seismic activity loses the soil under the surface that is then easily displaced by floods, rains etc. As seismic activity increases worldwide look for bigger and bigger sinkholes to form, even in heavily populated areas.
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