Geologist: “Sinkhole season” underway in Florida

Geologist: "Sinkhole season" underway in Florida (Image 1)

Since a sinkhole opened last week in Seffner and killed a man, we've seen other sinkholes popping up across the Tampa Bay area.

State Geologist Jonathan Arthur says this marks the start of what's unofficially considered the “sinkhole season” here in Florida.

Arthur says it coincides with the state's rainy season, and usually lasts until the end of summer.

Arthur looked at 50 years of data, and found that there is usually an uptick of reported sinkholes in February, with an increase until July, when activity tapers off.

Both extremely dry and very wet weather can trigger sinkholes.

Man-made activities can also cause the earth to collapse. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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