Geology is to blame for a situation which very nearly ended in disaster at a resort in Florida. In the middle of the night, a security guard began waking and evacuating guests at the Summer Bay Resort as a sinkhole rapidly expanded beneath one of the buildings. Luckily, nobody was harmed.
About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m., Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The building — which had housed 105 visitors — was stable by midafternoon, said Paul Caldwell, the development’s president. Two adjacent buildings, which each have 24 units, were evacuated as a precaution.
The report goes on to explain:
[The sinkholes] are caused by Florida’s geology — the state sits on limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water, with a layer of clay on top. The clay is thicker in some locations making them even more prone to sinkholes.
Other states sit atop limestone in a similar way, but Florida has additional factors like extreme weather, development, aquifer pumping and construction.
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