Saturday, February 24, 2007

Gigantic Hole Appears in Guatemala

A giant sinkhole measuring 40 meters in diameter and 60 meters deep, swallowed 12 homes and killed 2 people including at least one truck early Friday in a Guatemala neighbourhood, likely due to a burst sewer pipe. The crater appeared in the capital's San Antonio neighbourhood on Thursday night. Authorities evacuated around a thousand people on Friday fearing more land could collapse into a fast-flowing river of sewage below. There were, at first 3 missing people who had lived in a house that was claimed by the hole almost as soon as it started to open. Two bodies showed up about a mile downstream. Neighbours said the ground had been shaking for weeks after a huge sewer pipe burst, making the ground underneath the houses unstable.

Unbelievable pictures of the gigantic hole are available from the 'read more' link below.

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