What began as an enjoyable vacation in Orlando for some ended in a resort villa being swallowed by a sinkhole. By early Monday morning, almost two thirds of the entire structure had collapsed, while all of the guests had been evacuated.
The sinkhole spanned 100-feet and was able to take out one of the three-story units, while the other two units are being inspected for safety purposes. Many of the guests reported how terrifying the incident was and how they could hear the pops of the metal, concrete and glass breaking.
Prior to the incident there were no signs that a sinkhole was developing, while the resort had gone through geological testing when it was built around 15 years ago, showing that the ground was stable.
In Florida, sinkhole damage causes millions of dollars each year. A few months ago a man was swallowed by a sinkhole while sleeping in his bed and his body has yet to be uncovered. Although fatalities and injuries associated with sinkholes are rare, they are common due to Florida's geology.
Florida sits on limestone, which is a porous rock with clay on top that is easily dissolved in water. Thus, the thicker the clay, in some locations, may make some areas more prone to sinkholes than others. With our extreme weather, aquifer pumping, construction, and development, Florida is more likely to experience sinkholes than other states which sit on limestone.