Sinkholes: Buried Alive

About the Show

In February 2013, a giant hole opened up under the bedroom floor of Florida resident Jeffrey Bush, swallowing the 36-year-old man as he slept. Bush, whose body was never found, was a victim of a sinkhole, a growing worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone and other water-soluble rocks underpin the soil. When carbon dioxide in the air dissolves in rainwater, it forms a weak acid that attacks the soft rocks, riddling them with holes like Swiss cheese. Sinkholes can occur gradually when the surface subsides into bowl shaped depressions, or suddenly, when the ground catastrophically gives way. Sinkholes have swallowed highways and apartment buildings with huge holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana. With compelling eyewitness video of these dramatic collapses, this documentary investigates what it is like to have the world vanish beneath your feet.