The huge sinkhole which swallowed a Florida man as he slept has been revealed in full now that his house has been demolished.

Jeffrey Bush could be heard screaming as the 30ft wide, 20ft deep sinkhole engulfed him at around 11pm on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old's cries of fear woke his brother Jeremy, who rushed to try and help, ABC Action News reported.

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Demolition crews at the scene of the house in Brandon, Florida

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Jeffrey Bush is missing, presumed dead after the sinkhole opened beneath his bedroom

Jeremy, who was trying to rescue his brother from the still-collapsing hole, was pulled to safety himself by Hillborough County Deputy Douglas Duval.

Listening devices and cameras were placed in the hole, but officials told Tampa Bay’s MyFox there were “no signs of life” at the scene.

Following the demolition of the house, the hole is now being filed with gravel and dirt – meaning Bush’s body is unlikely to ever be found.

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Jeremy Bush weeps as he describes his attempts to rescue his brother to local media

Jeremy later told WFTS: “I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress.”

He told CNN: “I know in my heart he’s dead. But I just want to be here for him, because I love him. He was my brother, man.”

Unease in the area is continuing after another sinkhole opened between two homes two miles away from the Bush family home.

Luckily no one was hurt, WTVT-TV reported. But Florida state geologist Jonathan Arthur has warned more sinkholes are on the horizon.

He told USA Today: "As our footprint on the land increases, the likelihood we'll encounter sinkholes will increase. The activity we engage in that affects the subsurface land and water can trigger sinkholes as well."

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The sinkhole is being filled with gravel and dirt after attempts to retrieve Bush's body failed

Florida is comprised of limestone, an already porous rock that dissolves easily in acidic rainwater, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Click here for a map of Florida that classifies the frequency and severity of sinkholes.

Chris Gilbert of the Environmental Protection Agency also said that drought as well as people pumping too much water from the Floridian aquifer can lead to sinkholes.

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  • In this video image provided by ABC Action News-WFTS TV, shows an aerial photo of a sinkhole Monday, Mar. 4, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. The hole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed Jeffrey Bush in Seffner, Fla. (AP Photo/ABC Action News-WFTS TV)

  • This aerial photo shows the giant sinkhole at the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday, Feb. 28, and swallowed Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

  • This Aerial photo shows demolition workers picking up the remnants from the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday, Feb. 28, and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

  • This Aerial photo shows the giant sinkhole at the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday, Feb. 28, and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

  • This Aerial photo shows demolition workers picking up the remnants from the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday, Feb. 28, and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

  • This aerial photo shows demolition workers picking up the remnants from the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday, Feb. 28, and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

  • A family member prays in front of home of Jeff Bush before demolition crews tear down the home, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Demolition crews remove items from the home of Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Family members search through items that were recovered from the home of Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Demolition crews remove items from the home of Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Demolition experts watch as an excavator checks the sinkhole in the bedroom, from the home of Jeff Bush, during demolition, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Sinkhole, Jeffrey Bush

    Demolition workers pick up the remnants from the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home last Thursday and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Sinkhole, Jeffrey Bush

    Demolition workers pick up the remnants from the home of Jeff Bush, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A huge sinkhole opened up under a bedroom in the home Feb. 28, and swallowed Jeff Bush, 37. Officials gave up hope of finding Bush alive and filled in the hole with crushed rock. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Jeremy Bush

    Jeremy Bush, right, gets a hug from a family friend while speaking to the media as demolition continues at the home of his brother, Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Jeremy Bush

    Jeremy Bush, right, prays as he speaks to the media as demolition continues at the home of his brother, Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush is destroyed Monday, March 4, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, evening swallowing Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Family members watch as the home of Jeff Bush is destroyed Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush is destroyed Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Hillsborough Sheriff Deputy removes two rifles that were recovered from the home of Jeff Bush, as it is destroyed, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

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    Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush, 37, is destroyed Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush, 37, is destroyed Sunday, March 3, 2013, after a sinkhole opened up underneath it late Thursday evening swallowing Bush, 37, in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Engineers talk in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man, Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Hillsborough County, Fla., firefighters walk near the front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man, Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    A basket of flowers is placed in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up in a house underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man in Seffner, Fla. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Jeff Bush

    FILE - This undated photo provided by Jeremy Bush shows Jeff Bush. Jeremy Bush heard a loud crash and screaming coming from his brother's room early Thursday, March 1, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A large sinkhole opened under Jeff's bedroom and he disappeared together with most of the bedroom furniture. Jeremy jumped into the hole and was quickly up to his neck in dirt. Jeff is presumed dead. (AP Photo/Jeremy Bush, HO)

  • Jeremy Bush

    Jeremy Bush, brother of Jeff Bush, breaks down as he speaks to the media about attempting to rescue Jeff as he disappeared in a sinkhole Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Jeremy Bush

    Jeremy Bush, brother of Jeff Bush, breaks down as he speaks to the media about attempting to rescue Jeff as he disappeared in a sinkhole Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Jeremy Bush

    Jeremy Bush, brother of Jeff Bush, breaks down as he speaks to the media about attempting to rescue Jeff as he disappeared in a sinkhole Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Family Reacts

    Family members console each other near the home where Jeff Bush disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Family Reacts

    Family members console each other near the home where Jeff Bush disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Family Reacts

    Family members console each other near the home where Jeff Bush disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Brenda Bush

    Family members console each other near the home where Jeff Bush disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Engineers work in front of a home where sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom and swallowed a man Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Engineers work in front of a home where sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom and swallowed a man Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    An engineer stands in front of a home where sinkhole opened up on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. The brother called police and frantically tried to help. An arriving deputy pulled him from the still-collapsing house. There's been no contact with the man since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    An engineer surveys in front of a home where sinkhole opened up on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. The brother called police and frantically tried to help. An arriving deputy pulled him from the still-collapsing house. There's been no contact with the man since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Sinkhole

    An engineer surveys in front of a home where sinkhole opened up on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. The brother called police and frantically tried to help. An arriving deputy pulled him from the still-collapsing house. There's been no contact with the man since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Sinkhole

    An engineer stands in front of a home where sinkhole opened up on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. A man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of the house, his brother said Friday. The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. The brother called police and frantically tried to help. An arriving deputy pulled him from the still-collapsing house. There's been no contact with the man since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Sinkhole, Ron Rogers

    Hillsborough County, Fla., Fire Chief Ron Rogers speaks to the media in front of a home where sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom and swallowed a man Friday, March 1, 2013, in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of his house, his brother said Friday. Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. There's been no contact with Jeremy Bush s since then, and neighbors on both sides of the home have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


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  • Gigantic Sinkholes

    A backhoe is shown on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after being swallowed by a sinkhole in Montreal . A Montreal business-owner says city officials ignored his warnings that there was a problem before a a sinkhole swallowed a backhoe. The backhoe had started to chip at asphalt near the corner of Ste-Catherine and Guy streets yesterday when the ground crumbled beneath it and the heavy machine tumbled in. The driver of the backhoe was not injured but was taken to hospital to be checked out as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

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    Workmen view a car with its front end in a sinkhole, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. PVI-TV reports the sinkhole opened up overnight on a street in the city's Hunting Park section, with the front of the car falling in the hole Tuesday morning. No injuries are being reported. There's no word on what caused the sinkhole. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Gigantic Sinkholes

    A sinkhole opened up on Disco Road at Hwy 427 after a massive storm and flooding in the GTA.

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    A home sits near a sinkhole, about 100-feet wide and 50-feet deep, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Windermere, Fla. The family was forced to evacuate the home. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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    Rescuers prepare to move a dead body found in a sinkhole on a road in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province on May 21, 2013. Five people died when a 10 metre (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, local authorities said on May 21. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In this photo released by Guatemala's Presidency on Monday May 31, 2010, a sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building. (Luis Echeverria, Guatemala's Presidency/AP)

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    CORRECTS DATE - A car sits in a giant sinkhole in Duluth, Minn. Wednesday, June 20, 2011. Residents evacuated their homes and animals escaped from pens at a zoo as floods fed by a steady torrential downpour struck northeastern Minnesota, inundating the city of Duluth, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Brian Peterson) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

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    A sinkhole approximately 25 feet deep and 50 feet wide swallowed the home of a Florida woman in June 2012. Neighbors were instructed to evacuate their homes.

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    More than 800 people were evacuated from a village in China's Guangxi province in early June 2012 after a sinkhole threatened the surrounding land. The hole was initially built as a well to provide water to children in a nearby schoolhouse. The hole is reported to have caused one building to collapse, six to tilt, and one to collapse.

  • Gigantic Sinkholes

    In a Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 photo, a gaping sinkhole has opened in the bottom of a pool at the home of Brad Thelen in Erwin, Tenn., draining the family's swimming pool. Thelen said the noise of the sinkhole opening under the in-ground pool awakened his wife Chemene on Wednesday night, according to The Johnson City Press. By Thursday evening, it had tripled in size and was not far from the Thelans' home. The family removed valuables and was staying with relatives until the sinkhole stabilized. (AP Photo/Johnson City Press, Tony Duncan) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Utah Sinkhole Death

    This image provided by the Utah Highway Patrol shows the wreckage of a car that ran into a hole, after heavy rain caused the collapse of State Road 35 that opened up a hole 40 feet wide and more than 30 feet deep. A teenage girl is dead and her father seriously injured after this SUV plunged into a hole in the highway near Tabiona, Utah early Thursday July 14, 2011.

  • Gigantic Sinkholes

    Workers block off the site of a huge sinkhole which occurred overnight in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle before it sank into the hole. Authorities suspect the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line.

  • Sinkhole in House

    A man inspects a sinkhole formed in a house on July 19, 2011 in the north of Guatemala City. When neighbors heard the loud boom overnight they thought a cooking gas canister had detonated. Instead they found a deep sinkhole the size of a large pot inside a home in a neighborhood just north of Guatemala City. The sinkhole was 12.2 meters (40 feet) deep and 80 centimeters (32 inches) in diameter, an AFP journalist who visited the site reported. Police, members of the country's natural disaster office and water utility company officials came to visit the site. Sinkholes, formed by the natural process of erosion, can be gradual but are often sudden. Guatemala City, built on volcanic deposits, is especially prone to sinkholes, often blamed on a leaky sewer system or on heavy rain.

  • Sinkhole with Cars

    Rene Crete looks over damaged cars at Buy Right Auto on Friday, May 27, 2011 in East Montpelier, Vt. Schools and roads are closed across central Vermont as heavy overnight rains caused flooding that overflowed riverbanks. A Vermont Emergency management official said early Friday almost 150 people were in three shelters in Barre, Montpelier and Berlin.The Vermont National Guard sent emergency response teams and high water vehicles to the area to help local and state emergency management officials.

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    A utility worker looks underground to examine the scene where a sinkhole was caused when a broken water main collapsed part of Friendship Boulevard on December 3, 2010 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. No one was reported injured in the accident. (Logan Mock-Bunting, Getty Images)

  • Gigantic Sinkholes

    The late afternoon sun casts its warm rays over the sinkholes which mark the dried-out center section of the Dead Sea in this aerial view on September 30, 2010 in southern Israel. (David Silverman, Getty Images)

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    A Cadillac Escalade sits at the bottom of a sinkhole in Milwaukee, Wis. July 23, 2010, still running almost 20 hours after the driver fell in. Powerful storms pounded southeastern Wisconsin and caused widespread flooding. (Mark Was, AP)

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    A street level view of the sinkhole created by tropical storm Agatha as it covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City on Sunday, May 30, 2010. (AP)

  • Green Ooze In Philly

    This sinkhole spotted in Philadelphia looks like it's oozing radioactive goo. A Redditor reports that the city actually adds a fluorescent dye.

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    Rescuers work at the scene of a landslide in Saint-Jude, Quebec as shown from the air on May 11, 2010. Four people, including two children, were killed after a sinkhole triggered by a landslide swallowed their house northeast of Montreal. (Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press/AP)

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    A 22-ton Los Angeles Fire Department fire truck protrudes from a sinkhole on September 8, 2009 in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The sinkhole was apparently caused by a broken 6-inch cast iron pipe. The firefighters were not hurt in the accident. (David McNew, Getty Images)

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    John Sparkman is dwarfed as he looks into a sinkhole near Picher, Okla., Saturday, April 6, 2008. Years of lead and zinc mining has left turned the town into a Superfund site with sinkholes, lead-laced mountains of rock, and tainted water. (Charlie Riedel, AP)

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    A massive, approximately 200' x 240', sinkhole opens up and tears apart the pavement of Soledad Mountain Road, October 3, 2007 in the Mount Soledad neighborhood of La Jolla near San Diego, California. The landslide reportedly damaged or destroyed 6 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 20 others. (Kent Horner, Getty Images)

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    A general view of the huge crater at the collapsed 'Pinheiros' subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 15, 2007. Brazilian officials said a passenger minivan had fallen to the bottom of a 40-meter (130-foot)-deep pit dug to facilitate delivery of supplies for workers building an underground railway line. (Mauricio Lima, AFP/Getty Images)

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    Richard Horita looks at a sinkhole at his home, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, in Paauilo that was caused when a 6.7 earthquake struck the island of Hawaii. (Mark J. Terrill, AP)

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    FILE - In this May 29, 2000 file photo, Plant City, Fla. workers look into a sinkhole that developed in Plant City, Fla. (AP Photo/Dale Wilson)

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    FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, people look at a large sinkhole near Jonesville Park, in Jonesville, Fla. Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Doug Finger)

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    FILE - In this July 13, 1994 file photo, a cavernous hole, 106 ft. wide by 185 ft. deep, opened in the center of an IMC-Agrico waste stack near Mulberry, Fla., The sinkhole, shown in photo taken July 13, 1994, at IMC-Agrico's New Wales plant released 20.8 million pounds of liquid phosphoric acid into the ground below. The company was able to clean up the spill before it harmed the drinking water supply, regulators say. (AP Photo/Selbypic)