Residents in ‘sinkhole alley’ could get relief under legislation

January 12, 2016
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Homeowners in the “sinkhole alley” area of Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties could buy expanded insurance coverage under a bill filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. The bill, SB 1274, filed last week, would once again allow insurance companies to offer homeowner protection for sinkhole damage that is deemed less than catastrophic. Looking to rein […]

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40+ Hernando commercial buildings designated as ‘unrepaired sinkhole activity’

January 7, 2016
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SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) — Do you shop or eat out at commercial buildings with known sinkhole activity? Should property owners who receive insurance settlement checks be required to use that money to repair their public buildings? First, our 8 On Your Side investigation discovered sinkhole activity underneath the Town Square Mall in Spring Hill. […]

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State senator wants to protect buyers from houses with known sinkhole activity

December 23, 2015
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Florida Senator Wilton Simpson wants to put a stop to home sellers lying about their dangerous sinkholes on real estate disclosure forms. This follows multiple 8 On Your Side investigations into real estate disclosure fraud. Our investigation into a Spring Hill home sold by Glenn Jasen and his wife, Kathryn, led to the first federal […]

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Scientists find sinkhole cave under Mexico’s Kukulkan Castle Pyramid

September 10, 2015
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A group of scientists from the Autonomous University of Mexico has discovered a sacred sinkhole cave, known as a cenote, under Chichen Itza’s grand Kukulkan Castle Pyramid, which could shed new light on the ancient Maya civilisation. According to scientists, the body of water measures up to 35 metres across and has a depth of […]

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Valrico sinkhole victims told insurance company about cracks in January

September 10, 2015
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Hillsborough County authorities gave two Valrico families just three minutes to get out of their home Thursday. This is after a 6-foot deep sinkhole opened up between their homes the day before. The hole straddles the property line between 4724 and 4726 Copper Canyon Blvd. But 8 On Your Side […]

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Pipe break creates sinkhole that swallows 3 cars in Madison

September 10, 2015
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About 300 residents had to evacuate an apartment complex in Madison, Wisconsin, after a water pipe broke, creating a sinkhole that swallowed three vehicles. Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster said emergency personnel were called to the River’s Edge Apartments shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. Rajendra Aryal’s Honda Civic was among the three cars that […]

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Storm leaves sinkhole near building in downtown Winston-Salem

September 10, 2015
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Neighbors have concerns about the sinkhole that opened up Monday near an apartment building in downtown Winston-Salem. The sinkhole was discovered after a fast-moving storm system dumped nearly 2 inches of rain in the area late Monday. After rains Tuesday afternoon, the sinkhole, which is about 8 feet deep, was filled with water and mud. […]

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Statewide Florida sinkhole map nears completion, officials say

September 10, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE — It turns out the best way to predict sinkholes is to find the ones already there. For two years, a team of sinkhole hunters with the Florida Geological Survey has been scouring the state to create a map of where sinkholes are most likely to form. They’ve trudged through terrain in 55 of […]

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3D-printed house built in just three hours in China

August 6, 2015
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A 3D-printed house has been built in just three hours in one of China’s capital cities. The individual modules of a dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms were assembled by Chinese developer Zhuoda Group on a site in Xi’an earlier this month. Sina English reports most of the building, comprising six modules, was produced in a factory ahead of time and then put together with several workers and a crane. Each […]

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Reverse sinkhole? Florida pool pushed OUT of the ground

August 6, 2015
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 11:06 – Sinkhole stories seem more common in Florida than any other state, and images of all or part of homes vanishing into the Earth are familiar to viewers. But the phenomenon in the video above is almost like the literal reverse of a sinkhole. A family in the town of […]

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