Resort near Disney World partially swallowed by sinkhole

The 60-foot-wide sinkhole narrowly missed the Happiest Place on Earth

Topics: Florida, sinkhole, Disney World, Natural Disasters, Building Collapse, ,

Resort near Disney World partially swallowed by sinkhole (Credit: weshtv)

A three-story building collapsed and another “slowly sank” as a 60-foot-wide sinkhole opened under a central Florida resort late Sunday night. CNN reports:

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 pile of debris.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, “Sinkholes are a natural component of Florida’s landscape.”

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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