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Sinkhole Swallows Resort Near Disney World

August 12, 2013

A sinkhole caused one building in a Florida resort villa near Disney World to be slowly swallowed by the earth and another building to collapse, local media reported Monday.

Guests at Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, central Florida heard late Sunday loud cracking sounds as the ground beneath them gave way and windows began to shatter, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

None of the estimated 36 guests inside were injured, CNN reported. Local media said they had between 10 and 15 minutes to escape before being sucked into the 18-meter-wide hole.

Sinkholes, which are common in Florida, often form when a layer of limestone in the ground is dissolved in slightly acidic water creating a cavity.

In February, a 36-year-old Florida man died when he was sucked into a sinkhole after the ground opened up under his bedroom.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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