Louise- You are so correct about dealing with earthquakes instead of Hurricanes. No around here believes me about that though. I keep telling them that with all the earthquakes that I've been through, it's always been sunny and no rain.
are they that common Phantom, because ive never seen or heard of one where im from in NW Fl?? Oh and by the way the ones i have heard about in the southern parts opened up so slow people had plenty of time to "get out the way ...get out the way"
A few sinkholes have taken houses in recent weeks. If they're big enough they will resemble a pool since most parts of the state aren't that much higher than sea level. A couple weeks ago, in Winter Springs, a guy was upstairs in his "bonus" room over the garage and heard the house splitting in two. He grabbed his kids and got out. His garage sank five feet last I heard and his neighbors house was unstable.
I think there will be a lot more sink holes in the coming months. With all the rain that soaks through the ground it creates changes in the earth, but the sinkholes typically don't occur until the sub-terrain dries out somewhat from what I understand.
Try doing a search on the amount of devastation inflicted by hurricanes on the East Coast and earthquakes on the West during the last 50-100 years. But then again I really hate having to straighten all the pictures on my walls every 20 years or so.