Florida Sinkhole Engulfs Part Of Resort Near Disney Area

Florida Sinkhole Engulfs Part Of Resort Near Disney AreaA 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed under a resort in central Florida late Sunday, forcing guests out of their rooms as one three-story building collapsed and another slowly sank.

’15-foot-deep crater’

Guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World, called for help before the collapse, saying they heard loud noises and windows cracking. All guests inside the buildings — an estimated 35 people, authorities said — were evacuated before the first structure crumbled.

A roughly 15-foot-deep crater swallowed much of one building, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. Aerial video from CNN affiliate WFTV showed one end of the building — which had held two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas — still standing, but the rest reduced to a pile of debris. No injuries were reported.


‘Mammoth sinkholes’

Florida is notorious for mammoth sinkholes. In February, a sinkhole opened beneath a suburban Tampa home, swallowing 36-year-old Jeff Bush from his bedroom. Bush’s body was never recovered.

Sinkholes often start when bedrock dissolves but the surface of the ground stays intact. The void eventually collapses.

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Source: AnneClaire Stapleton | CNN

Image: The Telegraph

Woman Survives Fall in Croc-Infested Water After Bungee Snaps

An Australian woman has survived a terrifying fall after her bungee cord snapped during a 111-metre (364-feet) leap off Africa’s Victoria Falls Bridge, plunging her into the crocodile-infested Zambezi River below.

Erin Langworthy, who suffered only cuts and bruises in the fall on New Year’s Eve, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, said it was a “miracle” that she had survived the plunge into the rapids below the bridge, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Video footage showed the moment towards the end of the fall that the cord snapped and hurled her into the river. Langworthy had to dive under the water to unravel the rope bound around her feet as she entered the rapids. After unbinding her feet she managed to swim to the river bank on the Zimbabwe side to await assistance. Langworthy was treated at a nearby clinic before being evacuated to South Africa.

A Zambian minister sought to reassure tourists about bungee safety but said the issue would be discussed with the operator.

“The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year. It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps,” Information Minister Given Lubinda was quoted as saying in a report published on the Lusakatimes.com web site.

Source: Yahoo! News