Police are still investigating what caused a 100-foot-wide sinkhole in Florida that killed a man when the ground disappeared beneath his house.
The fear of looming danger is real and present all over the globe, and pictures of the terrifying holes that appear seemingly unannounced and leave a trail of bodies and damage in their wake.
Officially sink holes are caused by the dissolution of soluble bedrock and the frequency and likelihood of such changes occurring depends on a number of natural factors like the type of rock present and the weather conditions in the area.
Unexpected: Sinkholes are caused by the sudden dissolution of soluble materials underground causing holes without warning that can lead to obvious damage- like the case in this Hudson, Florida
home last year
Terrifying: This particularly deep hole occurred in the middle of downtown Guatemala City in 2010 and the change in grown stability is thought to have been a result of tropical storm Agatha
The dangerous holes can range from three feet to 2,000 feet wide, appearing either to be just a pothole or effectively gobbling up multiple city blocks.
One of the hardest-hit areas, both lately and over the past few years
Dealing with disaster: A parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia was the scene of one such sinkhole in 1993
Fearless: These intrepid teenagers and neighbors were unafraid of the edge of the sinkhole in Duluth, Minnesota
that came after a flash flood of 9-inches of rain the night before
When the experts are at a loss: This picture of a Los Angeles fire truck being pulled into a sinkhole shows that even emergency workers need help sometimes as four fire fighters were able to escape after the crash
, has been Florida where much of the state is made up of more soluble foundations.
In lucky cases, the sinkholes appear in unpopulated areas like golf courses, but the truly harrowing times come when the fatal accidents happen near- or even under- homes.
One such case is that of Jeff Bush, 37, who is presumed dead after he was swallowed into the 50-foot-deep hole and trapped beneath the rubble at his family’s house in Brandon, near Tampa, Florida on Thursday night.
Key conditions: Florida is one of the most frequent sites of sink holes which is a reflection of the constant weather worries in the state- from tropical storms to hurricanes- and the soluble land underfoot
On the edge: A home in Lake City, Florida had a very close call in 2005 (left) and a car in Archer, Florida (right)fell victim to an unexpected 10-foot-deep sink hole the year before
Deep end: A Tennessee pool became the site of an sink hole and because it was off-season, no one was in the pool at the time that it happened
We heard a loud crash,’ the victim’s brother Jeremy Bush told My Fox Tampa Bay as he broke down in tears. ‘I ran in there and heard somebody screaming, my brother screaming, and I ran in there.
‘And all I see is this big hole. All I see is the top of his bed. I didn’t see anything else, so I jumped in the hole and tried getting him out.
“The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn’t care. I wanted to save my brother. I could hear him screaming for me, hollering for me. I couldn’t do nothing.’
Sudden impact: A Cadillac Escalade
fell into a Milwaukee sinkhole in 2010 and though the driver was able to escape, the car was still running 20 hours after it first fell
Look at the size of that: A man stands next to a sinkhole in Oklahoma, which was thought to have been caused by excessive zinc mining that had been done in the area
A forest in the ground: This 2008 sinkhole in Daisetta, Texas was measured to be about the size of two football fields and go as far as 100 feet deep