PLANT CITY, Fla.—Volcanoes and earthquakes get all the attention. But what about sinkholes?
Florida is full of sinkholes. Many of its lakes started out as sinkholes. In the sinkhole epicenter, north and east of Tampa, limestone lies under the surface like a layer of stale bread. When a bubble in the bread caves in, the land sinks. A sinkhole ensues.
Evan Chreitzberg’s house in Plant City sank three feet in January; his insurers declared the condemned property a total loss.
Some Florida sinkholes are big, like the one that ate a Winter Park car dealership in 1981. Others lurk underground, causing cracks in driveways. Lately, a large number of sinkholes have been opening beneath houses in a state already beset by underwater mortgages.
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