Seismic monitoring equipment can only predict so much.
WRQ is misleading the public when they say that the monitoring equipment will be the safeguard in any instance of cover collapse sinkholes.
The very nature of these types of sinkholes is quite sudden; they can occur in seconds to a few minutes.
How realistic is it to evacuate an area with that little time?
The Tampa residents were lucky and they did have enough time to get out, but in Tennessee earlier this year, the 1-24 sinkhole almost claimed an eighteen-wheeler driver and 2-3 other motorists. Only the quick action of TDOT employee in the area prevented a tragedy.
6 months ago also in Hillsborough County:
Sinkhole swallows Plant City houseToday was supposed to be a good day for Nancy Regan of Plant City.
Unemployed since October, she finally got the call this morning to return to work.
She didn't make it.
Ten minutes after taking that call, Regan and her boyfriend found themselves escaping through a back bedroom window as the ground swallowed up their home.
**Note--Plant City, Florida was the area of hot debate over the high number of sinkholes that formed after strawberry farmers instituted massive groundwater withdrawals in an effort to save their crops from freezing.
Question--What is a standard practice of quarries?Answer--Massive dewatering from groundwater withdrawals.