TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – Authorities are evacuating a mobile home park along Florida's Gulf Coast after a 60-foot-wide, 35-foot-deep hole opened in the ground.
About 20 residents from six homes at the Tarpon Springs park were taken to a nearby location as a precaution on Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1RqMKAf ) reports that authorities were investigating if a water line break is responsible or if the deep hole is a naturally occurring sinkhole.
Florida is highly prone to sinkholes because there are underground caverns of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water.
A Tarpon Springs police spokesman says an existing sinkhole opened up in the same location six weeks ago.
In March 2013, a man in nearby Seffner disappeared when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. His body was never recovered.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.