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Woman Notices Cracks In Bathroom Wall - Seconds Later She's Screaming For Her Life

What started as a few cracks quickly turned into a nightmare for one woman.

A home in Apopka, Florida, has been completely swallowed by a colossal sinkhole in a matter of hours. The family living in the home noticed subtle signs of the sinkhole in the late hours of the night. Ellen Miller, the owner of the house, relayed her terrifying experience during an interview with WFTV-TV saying: “We watched it all night and it got bigger and deeper and finally, at 4 in the morning, I saw big deep cracks in the bathroom.”

“I wasn’t sure what all the sounds were until I got up and saw the big, huge cracks in the walls, and they were just enormous…The sound was hard to believe. It was very, very loud. The windows cracked breaking. It was hard to watch,” said Ms. Miller.

The sinkhole – which measured 15 feet deep and more than 20 feet across – continued to deepen throughout the morning. Luckily, Ms. Miller and her family noticed the warning signs earlier and vacated their home without injury. The family, who have been living in the same home for 48 years, have secured temporary accommodation with their daughter. “The tub was sinking and the window was coming loose and I said, 'It’s time to go',” recalled Ms. Miller.

Speaking to Fox 25, Ms. Miller became emotional about the destruction of the historic family home, saying: “Fifty years, both of my girls came home from the hospital there. Crying is not going to do any good. It’s not going to bring anything back.”

The cause of this particular sinkhole remains unknown but Florida geological authorities are reportedly investigating the incident. Several scientists have already announced that the sinkhole – a phenomenon that has been correlated with extreme storm events – could have been triggered by the onset of Hurricane Irma.

During an interview with the Daily Mail, Dr. Manoj Chopra, a UCF engineering professor, clarified this correlation, saying: “When you have heavy rains, the chances of sinkholes up quite a bit.” As rainwater recedes after a hurricane, it increases the likelihood of geological volatility in areas that are already unstable.

National Geographic describes two main types of sinkholes: cover-subsidence sinkholes and cover-collapse sinkholes. The first is formed in locations where there is a high sand composition in the ground, leading to “voids forming beneath the earth’s surface.” Cover-collapse sinkholes occur when clay-heavy soil leeches into underground caverns and creates localized and collapsible dips in the Earth’s density. At this stage, it appears that the sinkhole around the Miller family home was a cover-collapsible sinkhole.

A study by U.S. Geological Surveyors has determined that Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida are the states where the likelihood of sinkholes is highest.

Online commenters have expressed their sympathies to the Miller family, with many social media users revealing their own experiences and knowledge of sinkholes. “Florida has a karst topography in which the limestone is riddled with caverns. Due to draining of these freshwater caverns, the weak limestone loses its support & the roofs collapse,” declared one user, ‘Zina’, on the Daily Mail.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, WFTV

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