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Sinkhole Reportedly Swallows Part of Florida Resort

Tuesday August 13th, 2013 - 9:52AM

CLERMONT, FL—A section of a three-story resort located here collapsed and sank into a 60-ft.-wide sinkhole late Sunday that forced guests out of their rooms, according to a news report from CNN. The Summer Bay Resort is located about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World.

According to CNN, guests called for help before the collapse, saying they heard loud noises and windows cracking. All guests inside the buildings—an estimated 35 people—were evacuated before the first structure crumbled. No injuries were reported.

Tommy Carpenter, manager for the Lake County Emergency Management Division, told the New York Times, “Sinkholes are, unfortunately, a reality of living in Florida,” which is rich in karst—formations that include layers of soluble rock, mainly limestone, under the soil.

Randall Orndorff of the United States Geological Survey also told the New York Times that in the area between Tampa and Orlando, often called “sinkhole alley,” four other sinkholes had been reported since the spring.