Demolition continues today on a home in Seffner, near Tampa, where a man was killed when sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. The sad and frightening story of a man swallowed up by the Earth as he slept has most Floridians paying more attention to sinkholes, but they're actually a fairly common occurrence in the state.
The Atlantic has a great article explaining why Florida is so susceptible to sinkholes.
The truth is, as common as sinkholes are, they are rarely deadly. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection also provides details and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about sinkholes.