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Florida sinkhole causes resort villa to partially collapse

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CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - A vacation resort near Orlando, Florida is falling into a huge sinkhole.

The three story building at the Summer Bay resort in Florida is about 10 miles from Walt Disney World.

"We heard some shaking, running up and down the halls, glass breaking next ting we know people are shouting get out of the building, get out of the building," said one of the guests.

About half of the structure was reduced to a pile of rubble while another part of the building is still sinking.

Authorities evacuated guests from the building a few hours before the collapse after people started hearing cracking and popping sounds.

The developer says the ground was tested before the resort was built about 15 years ago, and the tests showed the area was stable.

Authorities say the sinkhole is about 50 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Several nearby villas have been evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters say the hole seems to be getting deeper, but they are not sure if it is expanding.

Florida has a long, ongoing problem with sinkholes. They are caused by Florida's geology as the state sits on limestone, a rock that easily dissolves in water.


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