The Guatemalan government posted this picture Monday of a massive 200-foot-deep sinkhole in the capital of Guatemala City, which opened after a weekend of heavy rain from tropical storm Agatha.
A three-story building and at least one man were swallowed by its gaping maw, which officials estimate to be 100 feet in diameter.
About 146 people have died across Central America since Agatha's landfall, with Guatemala reporting most of the casualties, according to the Daily Mail.
Mudslides are mostly to blame, and to make matters worse, officials are saying ash from the Pacaya volcano has blocked drains. Ash is also keeping Guatemala City's airport closed, which could hamper international aid efforts.
Sinkholes are pretty common in Guatemala, Florida and other spots; just last month, a farmhouse with four people inside collapsed into a sinkhole in St. Jude, Quebec.
Sinkholes form in places where the underlying ground layer consists of limestone, salt beds or other soluble rock, which dissolves in water. Groundwater coursing beneath the surface eats away at the rock, slowly eroding and destabilizing it. Often, new underground caves are created, which then collapse in catastrophic scenes like this one.
Unfortunately, not much can be done to prevent the phenomenon -- other than hope you don't get swallowed.
nb4 Silver Surfer reference.
this is why we don't devide by zero.
this is why we don't devide by zero.
ugh, what is up with this, first earth quakes, then oil spills, now giant 100 feet deep sinkholes? it's like the earth is actively trying to destroy us...
Who transported a sand worm from Arakis to Earth?
I was thinking Photoshop until I saw the other photos taken from the scene. Usually you don't see one of these big enough to still look like a giant underground cavern when it falls in and eats a house.
this is why we don't divide by zero.
I'm not conspiracy theory nut, but HAARP at work???
Wait...maybe this does make me a conspiracy theory nut lol.
building foundation fail. XD
I knew the Hedron Collider was a bad idea ...
yeah how do you even fix that? When the ground is disappearing from below you what do you do? And one thing i'd like to know even more is where is all that material going? It has to be washing out somewhere?
chihuahua, Galactus can't be far behind...
Whoah. Lets concentrate on the real issue here.
Popsci, why on Earth (or under it now I suppose) are you referencing the Daily Mail?! That's like, as bad as fox news.
It does look kinda fake
it's not fake, and when i first saw this, i also thought of the silver surfer lol
it DOES feel like the Earth is turning against us with these earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, obnoxious oil spills...2012 anyone?
I don't beleive it. You should wait april fool to publish that kind of news.
What I would like to know it´s how that hole came to be? and where is all the material that used to be there, where did it go? We are talking about 175.930 cubic meters of material, thats a lot of dirt to move. And if it was made by water, where did that water drain to? That would mean there is a bigger and deeper problem unde Guatemalan cities. Aldough i dont thik silver surfer has anything to do, i think it´s the predators one day there is no hole, the next day there is a hole.
Somewhere in the Guatemalan countryside, Tom Cruise is doing battle with a 150 foot tall, three legged machine from Mars.
Very scary, looks like something from a horror movie...
wouldn't it suck to fall asleep, all nice and snuggly on solid earth, only to be woken up by having your roof falling on you, while your floor and bed fall out from under you, all that noise and mayhem, and then darkness....give me bedrock please.
My question is how did it form in a nearly perfect circle? Almost looks man-made.
Usually sink holes aren't that deep, it doesn't make sense to me that the area underground where the wearing away happened would have to move up 100 ft. in order for it to collapse.
Wow, this is crazy! It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie!
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They should send a remote controlled helicopter with a video feed down there. Get more insight on where all that material went.
Any guess to the one guys last thoughts just before his world plummeted and the ground swollowed him whole? Thats like the spontaneous combusting humans...I always wonder what their last thoughts must of been...Is it "Universe Thought Police" or "Ironic Visualization" Poor Guy the walls dont talk.
*SIGH* this will just be another movie opportunity for hollywood. >_>
whats erie is its perfectly circular
What I can't believe is how many here seem to be completely in the dark about sinkholes.
They're everywhere , and have always been.
Common geological occurrence. I know the "F*** books" generations have been here a long time now, but you're how many clicks from having a google tab opened before you?
looks like the possible effects of HAARP. google it. learn. its real
There have been 2 sinkholes, one in 2007 and this recent one. The first one was caused by an old drain system which the municipality was on the way to exploring...Ironically, they were considering the rental of a robotic camera to explore it, as there were reports of rumbling sounds. The tragedy happened before the rental decision... For this second sinkholw, the municipality suspects the copious amount of water from the Agatha storm pushed down sand from the also recently volcano eruptions (the night before the storm arrived), clogged the old drains and the rest is in the news. What are they doing? First they are sorrounding the area, will fix the drain pipes and then will fill the whole, no hopes of moving somewhere else though.