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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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KEYWORDS: disaster; guatemala; sinkhole
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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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