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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: lizol
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"Warren, are you there?"

51 posted on 02/26/2007 12:09:01 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Yeah, but a hole like that does wonders for anyone's short game.

You know, that's all I'm asking for is a golf course with cups THAT size. I could probably get down in three from off the green that way.

52 posted on 02/26/2007 12:09:15 PM PST by GreenAccord (I have declared a LEVEL 2 driveawy alert: No unecessary shoveling.)
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To: GreenAccord
You know, that's all I'm asking for is a golf course with cups THAT size.

On the courses I play, imagine how big that would make the fiberglass windmill!

53 posted on 02/26/2007 12:10:40 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cripplecreek

ROFLMAO!


54 posted on 02/26/2007 12:10:46 PM PST by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute Scum & Pit Bulls.)
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To: Ramius

Ruptured main? 330 feet deep? C'mon, even if they ran the main 33' deep, it's not going to erode 300' deep. Besides, where is the broken pipe sticking out of the sides of the hole? Looks to me like they unwittingly built the town over an underground chasm and the roof finally gave out.


55 posted on 02/26/2007 12:10:47 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: cripplecreek
What? No Lootey? No Tourist Guy?

Disappointed...8^)

56 posted on 02/26/2007 12:11:17 PM PST by AngryJawa ({NRA}{IDPA} GO HUNTER '08)
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To: lizol

57 posted on 02/26/2007 12:11:43 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lizol

Sewer caving.


58 posted on 02/26/2007 12:11:57 PM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: GreenAccord

They obviously meant 500 FEET...or meters.


59 posted on 02/26/2007 12:12:37 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Ramius
No, it's from eroding limestone underneath the ground, usually along the path of an underground river. You can tell by the smooth sides . . .

My aunt was an archaeologist in the Yucatan, and these naturally occurring sinkholes are all over the place. They're called cenotes. The ancient inhabitants used to throw maidens into them as sacrifices.

There have been several articles in National Geographic from the 1960s forward. A recent one showed photographs of a cenote that's connected with the ocean by underground passages. Some (really brave and really stupid) scuba divers actually went through.

60 posted on 02/26/2007 12:13:05 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Constitution Day
OK Matthew 27:

26 Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand

No kidding, that hole looks well, biblical!

61 posted on 02/26/2007 12:13:16 PM PST by ASOC
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To: lizol

Holy crap.


62 posted on 02/26/2007 12:14:40 PM PST by Fawn (LEMME IN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMIdfwo32Y&eurl=)
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To: ASOC

I must admit, it does.


63 posted on 02/26/2007 12:17:17 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: cripplecreek; Hatteras

What are those things and why did you bring Kevin Bacon into it?


64 posted on 02/26/2007 12:17:45 PM PST by Fawn (LEMME IN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMIdfwo32Y&eurl=)
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To: dead; cripplecreek

Terrific Work! Both of you! ROTFL!


65 posted on 02/26/2007 12:18:17 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Hatteras

Kevin Bacon was just along for the ride. Fred Ward was da man.


66 posted on 02/26/2007 12:18:34 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL....Here we go. Put Bush as superman coming out of that hole....


67 posted on 02/26/2007 12:19:29 PM PST by Fawn (LEMME IN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMIdfwo32Y&eurl=)
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To: cripplecreek

Damn! Her agent IS GOOD!


68 posted on 02/26/2007 12:19:41 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: lizol

This will make you dizzy...that is if my link works.

http://dsc.discovery.com/beyond/index.html?playerId=203711706&categoryId=455164013&lineupId=458993613


69 posted on 02/26/2007 12:19:54 PM PST by Leg Olam ("Somethings got to go, either me or that wallpaper.." last words, Oscar Wilde)
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To: dead

Good one! I wish I had an easy fast gif program.


70 posted on 02/26/2007 12:20:42 PM PST by Fawn (LEMME IN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMIdfwo32Y&eurl=)
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To: lizol

Damn, the Statue of Liberty including it's base could fit in there with more than 40ft left over.


71 posted on 02/26/2007 12:21:11 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
"That's a big hole."

Look at the surrounding area. There is NO WAY that area could have had a dozen houses on it unless they were apartment house units. The perspective shows the relative size of the houses in that area and only 3-4 would fit in and keep the same packing factor.
72 posted on 02/26/2007 12:21:14 PM PST by lawdude (2006: The elections we will live to die for!)
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To: lawdude
There is NO WAY that area could have had a dozen houses on it

Shhhhhh.... they're trying to scam FEMA.

73 posted on 02/26/2007 12:22:34 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dead

ROFL!


74 posted on 02/26/2007 12:23:51 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

Wow!


75 posted on 02/26/2007 12:24:31 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Yeah Florida's aquifer runs underground all over the state, we're full of underwater caverns and sinkholes. Way back when I was at FSU we had professors that had mapped miles (held a world record IIRC) of underground caverns connecting lakes all over the place. I actually got college credits learning to scuba dive.

When I was a kid, I remember folks studying the lakes around town dropping bright dye in one, only to have it pop up in other lakes a ways off.


76 posted on 02/26/2007 12:24:57 PM PST by Sax
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To: dead

Too much!


77 posted on 02/26/2007 12:26:02 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: lizol
Dude... I AM THERE! LET'S ROCK!


78 posted on 02/26/2007 12:26:07 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: Lee Heggy123

Well... the link works but to see the vid you need to select the 'descent' video from the menu to the right of the player screen other wise you'll be watching a guy tussl with a rather large python.


79 posted on 02/26/2007 12:27:20 PM PST by Leg Olam ("Somethings got to go, either me or that wallpaper.." last words, Oscar Wilde)
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To: dead

ROFL


80 posted on 02/26/2007 12:27:23 PM PST by No Blue States
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To: cripplecreek

Bwhahahha! The Mahdi?


81 posted on 02/26/2007 12:27:45 PM PST by No Blue States
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To: lizol

"Look around and what do you see?"
82 posted on 02/26/2007 12:27:45 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: zarf

OMG. My thoughts exactly. That is right out of a horror movie. Did someone post how deep that thing is?


83 posted on 02/26/2007 12:28:42 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: thulldud

Give me Hamm on five, hold the Mayo.


84 posted on 02/26/2007 12:29:24 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: PBRSTREETGANG

Your comment is precisely why I enjoy coming on here daily. Always sure to get one or more true LOL moments.


85 posted on 02/26/2007 12:29:28 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: dead
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86 posted on 02/26/2007 12:29:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek

You forgot to photoshop in the Mickey Mouse doll and other toys strewn about the hole.


87 posted on 02/26/2007 12:31:22 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: lizol

Ping


88 posted on 02/26/2007 12:31:46 PM PST by JOAT
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To: lizol

"A spokesman for the municipal water authority, said the sewage main ruptured after becoming clogged. He said the city was aware of the blockage and the army had been considering a controlled explosion to clear the pipe, which carries both rainwater and sewage for much of the capital."

"The hole emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground."


Sounds like that Guatemalan cuisine is powerful stuff.


89 posted on 02/26/2007 12:37:56 PM PST by mutantcoil
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To: Oratam
Can ya hear me now?
90 posted on 02/26/2007 12:42:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Hatteras
Ruptured main? 330 feet deep? C'mon, even if they ran the main 33' deep, it's not going to erode 300' deep. Besides, where is the broken pipe sticking out of the sides of the hole? Looks to me like they unwittingly built the town over an underground chasm and the roof finally gave out.<.I>

If it was a brick or clay main -- and a lot still are, even in the US, even today -- it would probably break off flush with the edges of the hole. But you're right that there was probably an undetected cavern beneath, and the ruptured main eroded through a couple dozen feet to the deeper existing hole.

If that happened to my house, and if I survived, I'd be mad. Not because my house was destroyed -- it's insured. But because I didn't know. I could've sunk pilings down to bedrock to support the house, drilled down from the basement, and had my own Batcave! How cool would that be?

91 posted on 02/26/2007 12:47:45 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: cripplecreek
Weren't paying attention to worm sign.
92 posted on 02/26/2007 12:48:14 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Sax

I'm so glad we live on granite.


93 posted on 02/26/2007 12:49:01 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: dead
More like:


94 posted on 02/26/2007 12:49:34 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Never take it for granite.


95 posted on 02/26/2007 12:50:30 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, the hugh manatee!!!


96 posted on 02/26/2007 12:51:13 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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97 posted on 02/26/2007 12:54:42 PM PST by girlscout
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like that ugly palestinian woman with the enlarged mouth.


98 posted on 02/26/2007 12:56:05 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: AnAmericanMother
I'm so glad we live on granite.

No sinkholes, but the radon's gonna get ya.

99 posted on 02/26/2007 12:57:04 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sax
Yeah Florida's aquifer runs underground all over the state, we're full of underwater caverns and sinkholes.

My dad's family is in Orlando, and I was down there when the Winter Park sinkhole opened up. It was pretty amazing -- slow enough that there were no fatalities or serious injuries, but fast enough that some houses and cars were lost. The neighborhood swimming pool was cut in half.

I think, though I'm no geologist, that Florida is most vulnerable in times of prolonged drought -- when the aquifer recedes, the water that isn't there leaves a void. The soil is all porous and sandy, so it sinks. The technical term is Karst topography; you also see it in Minnesota, the "land of a thousand lakes," where the freeze-thaw cycle forces open cracks in the rock.

100 posted on 02/26/2007 1:02:26 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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