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Giant sinkhole forces Florida family to evacuate home (+video)

A 100-foot diameter well-rounded sinkhole appeared outside the home of a family in Windermere, Fla., Thursday. The sinkhole may still be expanding, so the family has moved out.

A sinkhole ate the backyard of a home in Windermere, Florida.
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Good Morning, Sinkhole!

A large sinkhole that opened up overnight in the backyard of a central Florida home has forced a family to move out.

Officials say the sinkhole opened up Thursday morning, just feet away from the sliding glass door at the rear of a home in Windermere, an Orlando suburb.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials told the Orlando Sentinel, a resident spotted the 100-foot diameter sinkhole when she went outside to walk her dog just after 7 a.m. The newspaper reports the hole was about 50-feet deep behind a row of houses in the subdivision.

Sinkholes are often caused by the underground erosion of salt beds or soluble sedimentary rocks, such as limestone or dolomite. Groundwater flows through these rocks, creating subterranean caverns that can suddenly collapse.

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