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Huge sinkhole opens in Florida filling with radioactive water


An unusual sinkhole appeared in Florida. This giant sinkhole has puzzled everyone as it suddenly appeared.

A massive chasm opened at a Mosaic Co phosphate fertiliser facility in Mulberry, Florida, on August 27 and experts so far have been unable to stop the flow.

So far, enough radioactive water has leaked from the 45 foot sinkhole that it could fill up 300 Olympic swimming pools.

Some 215million gallons of “slightly radioactive water”, according to a spokesperson, has leaked from the gaping hole.

Mosaic Co said that it is closely monitoring the situation.

The water contains levels of phosphogypsum – a radioactive byproduct which is created though the production of phosphate.

However, locals have been told that they are in absolutely no danger.

David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects, said: “Groundwater moves very slowly.

“There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”

The company added that it has been “recovering the water by pumping through onsite production wells.”

Dee Ann Miller, spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, told AP: “Along with reviewing daily reports, DEP is performing frequent site visits to make sure timely and appropriate response continues in order to safeguard public health and the environment.

“While monitoring to date indicates that the process water is being successfully contained, groundwater monitoring will continue to ensure there are no offsite or long-term effects.”

The company says that the massive sinkhole opened up beneath a mound of waste material called a gypsum stack.

Unfortunately for the firm, this is not the first time that they have had to deal with such a disaster.

In 2015, they were forced to pay out $800million to US regulators over its waste management practices at sites across the US.


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