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A loud crash, then nothing: Sinkhole swallows Florida man
CNN, March 5, 2013
By Michael Pearson and John Zarrella
The ground just swallowed him up.
A Florida man fell into a sinkhole that opened suddenly Thursday night beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, calling out to his brother for
help as he fell, the brother said Friday.
"I ran toward my brother's bedroom because I heard my brother scream," Jeremy Bush told CNN's "AC360."
"Everything was gone. My brother's bed, my brother's dresser, my brother's TV. My brother was gone."
Bush frantically tried to rescue his brother, Jeff Bush, by standing in the hole and digging at the rubble with a shovel until police arrived and
pulled him out, saying the floor was still collapsing.
"I couldn't get him out. I tried so hard. I tried everything I could," he said through tears. "I could swear I heard him calling out."
There were five other people in the house, including a 2-year old child, who all escaped unharmed. The sinkhole was 30 feet across and 30 feet deep.
The hole continued to expand at a slow pace, till officials quickly called off any rescue attempts of the man and bulldozed the unsafe home, filling
in the hole during the process.
An official said although sinkholes were common in Florida, this one was, “not your typical sinkhole.” The state and the media came out
immediately with statements about how common sinkholes are and how they can be deadly. Sure, have you ever heard of someone dying from a sinkhole,
well, prior to this event anyways? Since the deadly Seffner sinkhole there have been a couple of deaths, but before this one, there had only been one
death we know of from a sinkhole and that was when a Utah family drove their car into a sinkhole that had opened up and their young daughter had died
from the crash.
Not long after the Seffner event a sinkhole opened up in China and a city worker who was walking down a sidewalk fell into the earth. He died. Several
months later, another sinkhole that received widespread attention occurred when a man out after dark fell into a deep chasm in Missouri and died.
U.S. Marine falls into Missouri sinkhole and dies while tracking a deer
Huffington Post, Sep. 18, 2013
A sinkhole claimed the life of a U.S. Marine who was hunting deer in Missouri, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Ron Long told KMBC that 31-year-old Curtis Powelson was tracking a wounded deer that he had shot with a bow when he fell into a 70-foot deep
sink hole on Monday evening. His body was recovered early Thursday morning.
Officials ruled the death accidental. On Tuesday, KY3 reported that the hunter was Curtis Powelson, a U.S. Marine stationed Fort Leonard Wood.
It’s interesting to note that this sinkhole occurred near the New Madrid fault. I have a chapter dedicated to the New Madrid later, but this is a
region of the country that stretches from the lower Mississippi River region all the way up to southern Illinois and at one time was considered very
inactive, but in recent years the seismic activity along the New Madrid has picked up. There have been a lot of events taking place throughout this
area from sinkholes, animal die-offs (Beebe, AR blackbirds), sonic booms and earthquake tremors to make one wonder just how much crustal movement is
occurring underneath our feet.
Another sinkhole that garnered widespread attention occurred along the New Madrid just weeks after the Seffner, FL sinkhole where a golfer fell into a
deep hole on an Illinois course and he sustained a fractured shoulder. He was golfing with three friends when he noticed a depression in the ground
and stepped on it, the ground gave way and he fell 17 feet down into a hole only a couple of feet wide. His friends wondered where he had disappeared
to until moments later they heard him hollering for help. Emergency crews had to come and rescue the man.
Officials claim that many of these sinkholes are the result of recent rains, such as in the case of the Missouri hunter sinkhole. They said rains hit
the area about three weeks prior to his death. They can blame it on the rain, but how do they explain that sinkholes at the current frequency and
intensity are a new phenomenon. Yes, sinkholes have happened before, but nothing like we are observing today, so, how do you explain that we’ve
always dealt with heavy rains as well and yet, no sinkholes, well, not on this scale anyhow. I know I’ve argued that there is also more rain right
now because of the atmospheric moisture, but nonetheless, it doesn’t change the fact that there have been plenty of times in history when certain
areas were deluged and yet, sinkholes of this magnitude were unheard of.
Florida may be the sinkhole capital of the United States, but China is the sinkhole country of the world. One city in China, Lianyuan, suffered 20
sinkholes in a five-month period where houses collapsed and rivers disappeared. Residents were treading lightly in their village afraid of where the
next sinkhole might have opened up. According to local authorities, these sinkholes were the result of coal mines in the area, but in actuality, they
had no idea why these monster sink holes were opening up. And conveniently, the sinkhole epidemic plagues this nation at the same time that world wide
headlines were popping up about sinkholes.
Other headlines included the Orlando, FL resort that started trembling, giving the residents time to escape, before it collapsed into the earth. There
was the pizza restaurant in Florida that also collapsed, and the church that had to close down because the building started sinking. Of course, there
was the large sinkhole that opened up in a Chicago neighborhood swallowing up three cars.
I could drag on for hundreds of pages about these sinkholes because they are so vast. There are literally a dozen new sinkholes every day opening up
in some city or country side around the world that gains media attention because of its nuisance to the public. These are the ones we know about, but
imagine how many sinkholes we don’t know about.
Sinkholes were the first signs of the geological upheaval taking place across our planet. Soon to follow would be many other land subsidence events.
Here are a series of news headlines over one week in February of 2014 about different land subsidence events that occurred world wide.
Woman and her dog fall into sinkhole behind her Portland home
KGW.com, Feb. 19, 2014
By Cornelius Swart
Crews rescued a woman and a dog trapped in a deep sinkhole in Southeast Portland on Tuesday night.
Fire fighters said the woman fell into a sinkhole about three and a half feet wide and 20 feet deep at 2723 SE 38th Avenue.
At approximately 7:15 p.m. a man taking a walk heard a woman screaming for help. He followed her cries and discovered her underground in a backyard,
according to crews.
The woman, about 30 years old, had been looking for her dog in her backyard when she fell in.
A heavy rescue unit arrived and pulled the woman and her dog, a poodle mix, from the hole.