Skip to comments.Pictures: Giant Sinkhole Pierces Guatemala
Posted on 06/02/2010 9:39:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono
The appearance of a massive sinkhole in Guatemala City , Guatemala, on Sunday is thought to have been triggered by tropical storm Agatha, a violent tempest that struck Central America over the weekend.
From photographs, the new Guatemala sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentuckywhich explains how the sinkhole was reportedly able to swallow an entire three-story building.
Sinkholes can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse, Currens said.
Another way sinkholes can form is if water enlarges a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil gently slumps and develops into a sinkhole.
In either case, the final collapse can be sudden, Currens said.
In before the 1st on this 500th posting of the same story ...
The said it is 30 stories deep. But it looks even deeper.
Whoa. Now THATS a sinkhole.
Finally! A place for Obama to put his approval ratings!
That must be where they mean when they say “stick it where the sun don’t shine”! Obama should try to get to the bottom of things on this.
Sign says 'stop' and they mean it!
where did you see that? I have been trying to figure out how deep it was.
I read it in a news report in Vanity Fair.
Looks like someone divided by zero...
note to self: FR Thread re Guatemala sinkhole of 2007
Is it really 30 stories deep? What do they do with something like that?
I read 30 meters deep.
I have no idea. It’s real scary looking though.
One hell of a ride on the potty!
I’d rather he’d put his office there.
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