Hide under the covers …


I can’t recall any disaster film scene as affecting as the very real sinkhole that swallowed Jeff Bush and his entire bedroom a few days ago. Talk about Primal Fears: falling, trapped in an enclosed space, buried alive.

Mr. Bush was in his bedroom on Thursday night in Seffner, 15 miles east of Tampa, when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but escaped unharmed. Mr. Bush’s brother Jeremy jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued by a sheriff’s deputy.

“There’s hardly a place in Florida that’s immune to sinkholes,” said Sandy Nettles, who owns a geology consulting company in the Tampa area. “There’s no way of ever predicting where a sinkhole is going to occur.”

We tend to think we live on solid ground, but a lot happens below the…

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