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Posted on 02/26/2007 11:39:52 AM PST by lizol
Third body found in Guatemala sinkhole
February 25, 2007
GUATEMALA CITY -- Emergency crews Saturday found a third body in a 330-foot-deep sinkhole that had swallowed a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood.
The body of Domingo Soyos, 53, was carried out of the enormous fissure and identified by family members, medical crews said.
Soyos was the father of teenagers Irma and David Soyos, whose bodies were found floating in a river of sewage soon after the sinkhole opened Friday.
Residents said there were other people unaccounted for, but emergency crews could not confirm that.
Officials blamed recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main for the tragedy. The pit emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground. A rush of water could be heard from its depths, and authorities feared it could widen or other sinkholes could open.
Police evacuated nearby homes and cordoned off a 500-yard perimeter around the crater. Security officials were on guard for possible looters and curious onlookers.
"Security officials were on guard for possible looters"
I don't get it. They were tryin' to steal the hole?
I used to get scared about the central FL sinkholes when I was kid. Seems my fear is not so irrational after all, huh? ;-)
The Asshole of the world is Where?
I've never seen a hole in the ground that I thought would give me nightmares before.
Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?
I see scraps is a boy dog.
Some ways to die are worse than others. How horrible for these people.
Dude if someone wants to scale down a 330 foot deep hole to loot some sewage.. let him!
I would not get within 2000 yards of that hole. Those officer just feet away, should have safety lines tied on their body.
I'm having a premonition right now at work that when Hillary Clinton loses her run for the Presidency in 2008,this is what is going to happen when she returns to her Massive House in Washington D.C.
Hell will be calling her home, of course. LOLOLOL
DAT'SA SOME SINKHOLE!!!
Dude, you ROCK!
If *I* owned the land, I'd sell tickets. On the other hand, DeSoto's Law probably holds here. In places like Guatemala, *nobody* can prove they own *anything*, and the government likes it that way...
Wow, great pictures. Scary hole.
Sinkholes don't follow plat maps. They don't always swallow structures whole. If one wall of a building falls and the others stay up, it's open season on the stuff inside.
That explains why all the 52" Plasma TV's in the neighborhood are gone.
Liquor, guns, cash, portable electronics and jewelry are easier to carry and easier to fence (except the cash, of course). If you're an opportunist, and this happens in your neighborhood, you can just waltz in and grab what you can carry. "I'm just getting my things out," you say. No one is around who can say that they aren't actually yours. The rightful owner is out of town, at work, or at the bottom of the hole.
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