By Steve Dellar  |  05-03-2018   News
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Ocala is starting to look like a moon crater as further sinkholes show up in this central Floridian city, forcing residents to be evacuated and those remaining wondering when their home will be swallowed up into the underground.

The problem is that Ocala is located in what is known as ‘sinkhole alley’ where the limestone in the ground can sink at any time when the water weight becomes too much for the earth to swallow.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A neighborhood in central Florida suddenly looks like the cratered lunar landscape. Sinkholes are opening up and forcing families from their homes. <a href="https://twitter.com/BojorquezCBS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BojorquezCBS</a> says the problem is underground. <a href="https://t.co/cNHCBaKKXl">https://t.co/cNHCBaKKXl</a> <a href="https://t.co/yLr5eUE114">pic.twitter.com/yLr5eUE114</a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/991813708874768384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. David Wilshaw, a Florida geologist explains: "The soils and rocks have been there for millions of years."

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"It's just that the development has come into the area. What was previously just open pasture land is now heavily developed subdivision."

The worst case scenario would be that the sinkholes become so big that they eventually merge and sink all houses in the neighborhood with it.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WILD.<br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sinkholes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sinkholes</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ocala?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ocala</a> have gotten worse in the last 24 hours.<br>More have opened, the ones that were there are bigger, and the water is almost completely drained. <a href="https://t.co/bEhWRb4na3">pic.twitter.com/bEhWRb4na3</a></p>&mdash; Kelly Rippin WESH (@KellyRippin) <a href="https://twitter.com/KellyRippin/status/989645070377869312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Christina Carter moved to Ocala from Vermont last summer and has tears in her eyes as she sees the area around her house: "We've been dealing with so much, scared to death to lose our house right now. It gets bigger every day. How far is this going to get, how big is it going to get and nobody is telling us anything,"

At this moment, there are some 12 sinkholes which plague the Central Florida city of nearly 60,000 residents.

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One of Ms. Carter’s neighbors, Mr. Eddie Betaseourt shared her displeasure: "Yeah man, it's crazy. I got kids in the house and I want them to play in the backyard, but if a sinkhole opens up, they could get hurt."

Source:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/at-least-a-dozen-sinkholes-in-ocala-florida-force-residents-to-evacuate/

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