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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weird news - A giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, looks like a scene from a science fiction movie

When you see horror science fiction movies, anything can happen. Aliens can attack from outside, giant creatures can be created due to nuclear mishaps, undersea monsters can rise up, tectonic movements in the earth's crust can cause huge damages, solar flares, and so on. when you see these in a movie, you know that this is just fiction, and you can move on. But, when you suddenly come across something major happening, you realize that there are many things that can happen on the earth itself, in real life. would you imagine that suddenly the earth opened up, a giant sinkhole appeared that went for a large depth, and houses, roads, and trees started falling into the sinkhole ? Well, it happened for real in Guatemala City, in Latin America (link to article):

The appearance of a massive sinkhole in Guatemala City (map), Guatemala, on Sunday is thought to have been triggered by tropical storm Agatha, a violent tempest that struck Central America over the weekend.
From photographs, the new Guatemala sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentucky—which explains how the sinkhole was reportedly able to swallow an entire three-story building.
Sinkholes can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse, Currens said.
When you take a look at the photo in the linked article, it looks downright scary.

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