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Third body found in Guatemala sinkhole (WOW! pictures)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 25, 2007

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.


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To: GreenAccord

"Security officials were on guard for possible looters"

I don't get it. They were tryin' to steal the hole?


101 posted on 02/26/2007 1:04:35 PM PST by JewishRighter
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To: lizol
It's happening all around the globe!


102 posted on 02/26/2007 1:05:36 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lizol
330-ft. is over the length of a football field.

I used to get scared about the central FL sinkholes when I was kid. Seems my fear is not so irrational after all, huh? ;-)

103 posted on 02/26/2007 1:07:38 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: lizol

The Asshole of the world is Where?


104 posted on 02/26/2007 1:08:32 PM PST by Wraith (To have peace prepare for War.)
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To: lizol

I've never seen a hole in the ground that I thought would give me nightmares before.


105 posted on 02/26/2007 1:10:33 PM PST by DungeonMaster (Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”)
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To: dead

Mon Dieu!


106 posted on 02/26/2007 1:11:46 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Hmph.

Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

107 posted on 02/26/2007 1:16:14 PM PST by thulldud ("Para inglés, oprima el dos.")
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To: thulldud

I see scraps is a boy dog.


108 posted on 02/26/2007 1:18:13 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (If something I said angers you, you are must be ignorant, a sissy or a commie. Have a nice day.)
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To: lizol

Some ways to die are worse than others. How horrible for these people.


109 posted on 02/26/2007 1:25:06 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: GreenAccord

Looters?

Dude if someone wants to scale down a 330 foot deep hole to loot some sewage.. let him!


110 posted on 02/26/2007 1:25:44 PM PST by brothers4thID (Hillary: "We are going to take from you.. to provide for the common good")
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To: GreenAccord

I would not get within 2000 yards of that hole. Those officer just feet away, should have safety lines tied on their body.


111 posted on 02/26/2007 1:33:11 PM PST by agincourt1415 (The Sum of all Fears: Democrats running the war or trying to run away from the war on terror.)
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To: lizol; Mia T

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


112 posted on 02/26/2007 1:33:54 PM PST by Pagey (Horrible Hillary Clinton is Bad For America, Bad For Business and Bad For MY Stomach!)
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To: lizol
AY CARUMBA!!!

DAT'SA SOME SINKHOLE!!!

113 posted on 02/26/2007 1:40:36 PM PST by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: dead

Dude, you ROCK!


114 posted on 02/26/2007 1:42:38 PM PST by SquirrelKing (_8 ( ])
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To: ReignOfError

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...


115 posted on 02/26/2007 1:44:08 PM PST by ForegoneAlternative (The cost of anything is...)
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To: DungeonMaster
yeah, the pictures, coupled with this line from the article are going to give me nightmares, too!

"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."

Sounds like something from the Art Bell show!!
116 posted on 02/26/2007 1:47:23 PM PST by California74
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To: lizol

Wow, great pictures. Scary hole.


117 posted on 02/26/2007 1:48:47 PM PST by thiscouldbemoreconfusing
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To: JewishRighter
"Security officials were on guard for possible looters"

I don't get it. They were tryin' to steal the 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.

118 posted on 02/26/2007 1:54:57 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: ReignOfError
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.

119 posted on 02/26/2007 1:56:12 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
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.

120 posted on 02/26/2007 2:03:39 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: lizol

121 posted on 02/26/2007 2:18:41 PM PST by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: California74
Algore clutching an Oscar perhaps?


122 posted on 02/26/2007 2:50:15 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Don't screw with the Kitties)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Nope, we tested for it & we're o.k. (our slab is sealed and insulated). Plus we don't have a hermetically sealed house, which is where you have problems.


123 posted on 02/26/2007 2:58:05 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: lizol

Now maybe you comprehend the REAL meaning of a "real estate bubble bursting"...???


124 posted on 02/26/2007 2:59:09 PM PST by JB in Whitefish
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To: Cvengr

My thought exactly.


125 posted on 02/26/2007 3:26:05 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: lizol
Wowser. Notice the various colors in the layers of sediment. Interesting.
126 posted on 02/26/2007 3:32:41 PM PST by Conservative4Ever
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To: lizol

127 posted on 02/26/2007 3:33:34 PM PST by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: lizol

that's a just damn moment.


128 posted on 02/26/2007 3:36:09 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: lizol

So that's what happens when someone uses a Talisman of Pure Good against an evil priest. (stupid D&D reference).

129 posted on 02/26/2007 3:47:03 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: cogitator; sionnsar; Professional Engineer; NicknamedBob
An open question for geology majors:

Given the depth and size of the hole, and the (very low) value of the property surrounding the hole, what do you do next?

Do you just abandon the "circle" around it, hoping the sides stay "vertical" and don't continue to cave in? I don't realistically see a way to fill it in, given the economy down there.

Downtown FL or just about anywhere in the center of a US city, it'd be filled in, or secured safely.

But down there?
130 posted on 02/26/2007 4:09:44 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: lizol

Thanks for posting those pics--they're truly mind boggling!

One question, though: where's the Heineken guy?


131 posted on 02/26/2007 6:22:40 PM PST by Tinian
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Given the depth and size of the hole, and the (very low) value of the property surrounding the hole, what do you do next?

Devil's Millhopper State Park

First think I could think of ;-)

Winter Park Sinkhole

I guess the first real question is whether or not it can actually be stabilized.

132 posted on 02/27/2007 7:43:56 AM PST by cogitator
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To: cogitator
So, when those Guatemalan buses (trucks?) fall in the hole, will they charge that $8.00 it takes to park in the LF sinkhole?
133 posted on 02/27/2007 7:56:50 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: lizol

later


134 posted on 02/27/2007 10:24:02 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: GreenAccord
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.

Maybe someone needs to step off the distance to make sure, but if that's 500 yards, then it looks like I can hit a nine iron about 500 yards in Guatemala.

Not sure if anyone else pointed it out to you, that 500 yard figure is in terms of perimeter, or circumference, and not measured radially.

135 posted on 05/02/2007 10:29:15 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: lizol

That’s a big stinkhole, alright.


136 posted on 05/02/2007 10:56:09 AM PDT by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

They say they can hear water moving. Make a real toilet out of it.


137 posted on 05/31/2010 7:36:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred (If I've said it once, I've said it a million times...)
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To: lizol

“Did you plug the hole daddy?”


138 posted on 05/31/2010 7:43:34 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; neverdem

No, no.

Between that pothole, the latest Iceland volcano, and Al Gore?

Obama is the biggest ashhole.


139 posted on 05/31/2010 8:39:04 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: lizol

“Have you seen my keys?”


140 posted on 05/31/2010 8:42:44 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: cogitator

It could become a wonderful city water storage “tank” - but the fact that its a sinkhole means water has already constantly washed out the bottom, and so it won’t stay “put” inside the “tank” ...

At least the Winter Park sinkhole (which I drove by before it collapsed when I lived a bit north of there) had a “bottom” they could seal up.


141 posted on 05/31/2010 8:47:58 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: GreenAccord

30m diameter I read but 100m deep


142 posted on 05/31/2010 9:44:33 PM PDT by mainsail that
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To: DCPatriot

A meter is longer than a yard, so 500 meters is longer than 500 yards.


143 posted on 05/31/2010 11:05:49 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: lizol

damn what a sinkhole

anyone know what Zona this is?

aparece pobre


144 posted on 05/31/2010 11:13:35 PM PDT by wardaddy (No mosque at ground zero....are these NYers totally nuts?...what would wake them up?)
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PLUG THE DAMN HOLE!!!!!


145 posted on 06/01/2010 1:44:18 AM PDT by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: wardaddy
One report says ..."Hundimiento en la 21, 22, 23 y 24 avenidas del Barrio San Antonio zona 6. " and then there is this aerial picture...


146 posted on 06/01/2010 5:41:10 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL


147 posted on 06/01/2010 5:43:13 AM PDT by FourPeas (What do you call a peaceful Hamas protester? Deceased.)
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To: wardaddy
A bit of follow-up:

"The disaster took place in Zone 6, Barrio San Antonio. This place is located before entering to the road goes to the Northern part of the country (road that goes to Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula)
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."

148 posted on 06/01/2010 5:45:30 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Tainan

goodness...i’ve gone that way before

those poor folks haven’t got much anyhow


149 posted on 06/01/2010 7:50:55 AM PDT by wardaddy (No mosque at ground zero....are these NYers totally nuts?...what would wake them up?)
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To: lizol

Somebody needs to have some Viking Kitties come flying out of that thing!


150 posted on 06/01/2010 3:01:12 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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