|The demolished Seffner Florida home where a sinkhole killed a sleeping |
resident in 2013. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
This sinkhole, and the one that occurred in 2013, show how unpredictable these things are.
Or are they?
We have the technology (ground penetrating radar) to map subsurface voids that lead to collapses. Of course, with Florida's Swiss cheese subsurface landscape, voids are rather common and many properties would be at risk. In some areas of the country where sinkholes are common, developers must do site assessments prior to building. This isn't done for homes in Florida. Perhaps it's time to consider this as an option for protecting the public.