This Is What The Florida Sinkhole Looks Like

Detailed wire photos have emerged of the terrifying sinkhole that swallowed a Florida man and destroyed his home.

1. A huge sinkhole opened up under Jeff Bush’s bedroom last Thursday, swallowing him alive.

The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd / AP

2. Officials have finally given up hope of finding Bush’s remains and are now filling in the hole with crushed rock.

Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times / MCT

3. Demoliton crews are working to raze the house, recover what’s left of Bush’s possessions and try to stabilize the shaky ground surrounding the 60-foot deep hole.

Gerardo Mora / Getty Images

4. Florida is especially prone to sinkholes because much of the state sits atop a layer of easily dissolvable limestone rock.

Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times / MCT

5. The sinkhole situation in Florida is exacerbated by weather patterns shifting quickly from dry to wet.

Scott Iskowitz / AP

6. Urban sprawl and well-water drilling have also contributed to the increase of sinkholes in Florida.

Chris O’Meara / AP

7. Many experts agree that “sinkhole season” has just begun.

Gerardo Mora / Getty Images

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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