13 Aug 2013

Sinkhole near hotel in Florida

5:12 am on 13 August 2013

A hotel near Disney World in Florida has partially fallen into a sinkhole, the latest such incident in the state.

Dozens of people were inside the villa near Clermont as the ground gave way before dawn on Monday, but all were safely evacuated.

The BBC reports sinkholes are common in certain parts of Florida, although most are small. Much of the state straddles a system of limestone caverns that are subject to water erosion, causing them to cave in.

In March, a sinkhole beneath a house in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida, swallowed a man who was in his bed. His body was never recovered.