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Giant sinkhole swallows father, teens
CNN ^ | February 23, 2007 | CNN

Posted on 02/23/2007 7:18:57 PM PST by FreedomCalls

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) -- A giant sinkhole opened before dawn Friday, swallowing several homes and a truck and leaving a father and two teenagers missing in Guatemala City.

Officials said the 100-meter-deep (330-foot-deep) sinkhole in a crowded neighborhood of poor, concrete homes was caused by recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main.

National disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez identified the missing as Domingo, Irma and David Sosyos, ages 53, 18 and 15, respectively. A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim. ...

The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths. Authorities feared it could widen or others could open up.

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Picture of the sinkhole.

1 posted on 02/23/2007 7:18:58 PM PST by FreedomCalls
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To: FreedomCalls

Holy crap.


2 posted on 02/23/2007 7:20:06 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: FreedomCalls

HOLY CR#P!!!!


3 posted on 02/23/2007 7:20:42 PM PST by cmsgop ( Axis of Evil = Iran , North Korea , Rob and Amber)
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To: July 4th

Bad way to go.


4 posted on 02/23/2007 7:21:07 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: FreedomCalls

I wouldn't be standing anywhere NEAR that thing!


5 posted on 02/23/2007 7:21:23 PM PST by saquin
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To: FreedomCalls

Fascinating.. the geology that is. Can anyone here explain it? Is that natural, or is part of that 1000 years of compressed civilization?


6 posted on 02/23/2007 7:21:30 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: FreedomCalls
A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim. ...

Well, if it isn't a victim, what is it? A human sacrifice to the sinkhole ?

7 posted on 02/23/2007 7:21:55 PM PST by SIDENET (Voting for a liberal doesn't advance Conservatism.)
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To: All

Daaaayyymn. That's amasing.


8 posted on 02/23/2007 7:22:10 PM PST by farlander (Strategery - sure beats liberalism!)
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To: FreedomCalls

THAT is a sink hole! jebesus


9 posted on 02/23/2007 7:22:27 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: FreedomCalls

YIKES!!!


10 posted on 02/23/2007 7:22:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT 2008)
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To: FreedomCalls

Reminds me of that old movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Yikes. I've seen sinkholes before but, wow, this is in a whole other realm.


11 posted on 02/23/2007 7:23:04 PM PST by saquin
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To: FreedomCalls

Aye CaRUMba


12 posted on 02/23/2007 7:23:43 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; NYTexan; tubebender

y'all gotta see this!


13 posted on 02/23/2007 7:24:05 PM PST by don-o (Fight, fight. fight to drive the GOP to the right!!!!)
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To: FreedomCalls

I would start running. Fast.

Apollyon is coming with his minions.


14 posted on 02/23/2007 7:24:30 PM PST by abishai
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To: FreedomCalls

OMG!


15 posted on 02/23/2007 7:24:43 PM PST by Jorge
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To: FreedomCalls
OK, the picture is compelling and all, but isn't anyone else bothered by this statement: "A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim. ..."
16 posted on 02/23/2007 7:24:46 PM PST by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: FreedomCalls
Quick!

Plug it up with giant weights!

17 posted on 02/23/2007 7:25:11 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Rodney King
"Is that natural"

Odds are pretty good that anything with sewage flowing in it is not natural.

18 posted on 02/23/2007 7:25:14 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Bad luck.


19 posted on 02/23/2007 7:25:28 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: FreedomCalls

"A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim."

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around that statement.


20 posted on 02/23/2007 7:25:30 PM PST by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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To: FreedomCalls
I hate it when that happens.


21 posted on 02/23/2007 7:25:44 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
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To: abishai
"The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths."

The tormented in Hell? Sounds of the River Styx?

22 posted on 02/23/2007 7:27:37 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Rodney King

It's called Karst topography. Typical of limestone surface formations in humid climates. Ground water dissolves the rock and creates underground caverns. When a cave reaches the surface and the surface collapses into it, this is what happens.


23 posted on 02/23/2007 7:27:52 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
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To: All
Another view:


24 posted on 02/23/2007 7:28:29 PM PST by saquin
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To: FreedomCalls

300 feet deep!!

My friggin goodness.

Those poor people....they are gone now, and what a horrifying way to go. I can't even imagine it....heavens.


25 posted on 02/23/2007 7:28:39 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: dirtboy

thanks.


26 posted on 02/23/2007 7:29:00 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Now that is a pothole. Holy moly!


27 posted on 02/23/2007 7:29:18 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: rockrr

It's pretty stupid statement unless they consider bodies in their sewage system just an everyday event and he wasn't a victim of THIS event.


28 posted on 02/23/2007 7:29:23 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: FreedomCalls
"The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors..."

Sounds like Hillary's senate office.

29 posted on 02/23/2007 7:29:51 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
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To: Rodney King

It's global warming. These days everything is global warming. /s


30 posted on 02/23/2007 7:30:01 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: listenhillary

Well, it is Guatemala.

Bodies in sewers could be commonplace (yeah, I know....ignorant and jingoistic...so sue me).


31 posted on 02/23/2007 7:30:43 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rockrr; SIDENET
I think what they mean is that it could be a corpse from somewhere else -- a burial disturbed by the underground collapse or a body from elsewhere in the ruptured sewer system -- not one of the three missing people.

Bodies turn up in odd places even in a 1st world country -- two kids taking a shortcut last Thursday around here discovered two decomposed bodies in the woods. Nobody knows who they are or even if they are male or female, the MedEx has them and I guess will figure something out.

But if it can happen here, it certainly can happen there.

32 posted on 02/23/2007 7:31:07 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: FreedomCalls
The tormented in Hell? Sounds of the River Styx?

Nah, just Hillary's Wahr Room swinging into gear.

33 posted on 02/23/2007 7:31:30 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
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To: FreedomCalls
"The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths."

The tormented in Hell? Sounds of the River Styx?



Rosie O'Donnel?
34 posted on 02/23/2007 7:31:47 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: dirtboy

That hole is going to get bigger as the sides cave in.


35 posted on 02/23/2007 7:32:09 PM PST by umgud (I did not sleep with Anna Nicole)
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To: rwfromkansas; listenhillary

Some awfully nasty stuff turns up at the sewage processing plant. My husband is a consulting chemist and deals with some local sewage treatment facilities. They find lots of dead animals and an occasional dead human.


36 posted on 02/23/2007 7:32:31 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: FreedomCalls

I keep hearing on Coast to Coast AM that the Russians unearthed on of these in Siberia.

But, seriously, thats a big hole.


37 posted on 02/23/2007 7:33:22 PM PST by abishai
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To: FreedomCalls

Somebody should have called Winston Rothschild before it was too late.


38 posted on 02/23/2007 7:33:57 PM PST by John W
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To: Rodney King
In dry climates limestone forms cliffs - witness the Grand Canyon.

In Kentucky, Mammoth Cave formed in a humid climate. And sinkholes are plentiful there.

39 posted on 02/23/2007 7:34:22 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
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To: FreedomCalls

Several interesting things about the hole:


- It's 330 feet deep but it looks like it's about 80 feet wide. Soil likes to be as cubical as possible when it's a hole.

- The walls are unbelieveably square to the edge as far down as the picture shows.

- It has at least 5 different distinct types of soil in the first 40 feet of depth.

- The hole is incredibly circular, especially considering the depth.

- The surface shows no radial cracks from the edge of the hole.


This is one weird nature-made hole.


40 posted on 02/23/2007 7:35:19 PM PST by HighWheeler (A true liberal today is a combination of socialist, fascist, hypocrite, and anti-American.)
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To: Rodney King

I don't know about the geology, but the physics of it is explained--broken underground sewer and excessive rains=huge amounts of
dirt removal. When it reached the crucial point of excavation, the surface weight colapsed the crust into the hole.

Moral--if you hear a freight train, take cover from the tornado; if you hear unseen rushing water, get out of there ASAP.

vaudine


41 posted on 02/23/2007 7:35:28 PM PST by vaudine
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To: FreedomCalls
Weird, I just happen to be in Numbers 16 as part of my daily Bible reading. Here's part of my reading for yesterday. It describes the death of Korah's men after they tried to rebel against Moses. I wonder if they had sewage issues, too.

28 Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, [c] then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
42 posted on 02/23/2007 7:36:32 PM PST by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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To: HighWheeler
Is it possible that a meteor hit?

Exposing my utter ignorance about geology
43 posted on 02/23/2007 7:38:05 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: July 4th

I swear to God, that is the exact phrase that went through my head when I saw that.


44 posted on 02/23/2007 7:38:14 PM PST by ShadowDancer (Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Now I have seen the hellmouth.


45 posted on 02/23/2007 7:39:06 PM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: Rodney King
Fascinating.. the geology that is. Can anyone here explain it? Is that natural, or is part of that 1000 years of compressed civilization?

The Yucatan and surrounding region into Guatemala is built up by limestone that dissolves with acidic runoff from rotting vegetation. This causes the region to be riddled with underground caverns like Swiss cheese.

In the Yucatan, these caverns are called "cenotes" and can be have a very thin roof between them and the ground surface. If the roof collapses, you get a sinkhole.

While there, we spent a morning swimming in Cenote Dzitnup that was illuminated by a round hole in its dome from a partial collapse.


46 posted on 02/23/2007 7:40:16 PM PST by Polybius
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To: martin_fierro

Whoa! I guess it's the night for odd natural phenomena.


47 posted on 02/23/2007 7:41:00 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: martin_fierro
Quick! Plug it up with giant weights!

Help is on the way!


48 posted on 02/23/2007 7:41:25 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
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To: Polybius

thanks!


49 posted on 02/23/2007 7:43:51 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: keats5

Yeah, everything that happens poorly happens to bad people only.


50 posted on 02/23/2007 7:45:12 PM PST by ShadowDancer (Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.)
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