California Neighborhood Sinking Into the Earth

An entire subdivision of homes is crumbling into the ground.
3:00 | 05/12/13

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And now to a neighborhood that is slowly being swallowed by the earth and entire subdivision where the homes. Our crumbling neighbors being told to pack up and leave and ABC's -- you Benitez has the story. You can think. Me in Washington -- was fun. -- -- he's gone now. This morning residents and officials in one northern California town are mystified -- desperately trying to figure out what caused seven homes to be swallowed up by the -- It has grown no substantially. From the time I -- earlier this week to president. So things are still happening just look at this home the ground giving -- causing the house to drop ten feet destroying most of that. The seemingly sudden think it -- leaving residents. Feeling like they're losing it all the stress level is a little bit high you might say you see everything you worked so hard for. Literally crumbled what started as small cracks in the ground. Gradually opened -- -- small canyons all the cracks in the roadway in new gotten bigger quickly engulfing the Lake County homes. And stripping some down to the -- now the entire community of 29 homes. Is at risk of collapsing. It's been -- to -- like cancer and it's spreading out. There's new cracks showing up in areas of the subdivision that weren't affected before so why are the homes sinking. -- water bubbling up to the surface may have something to do with it. Officials fix broken pipes last week. But nobody knows why they're so much water right now multiple causes are under investigation. I think you're talking about a lot of broken dreams and hands three that lives at this point. -- lives indeed to add to the mystery there is also. A dormant volcano in the area and at least one public works employee has said he believes many of the problems there are caused by that volcano and of course. Scientists are looking at all of us right now -- -- -- battle cannot bizarre idea thank you.

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