The Day The Earth Opened Up

06.02.10 8 years ago 24 Comments

My grandmother is a former science teacher, so growing up all types of books on various sub-genres of the subject were stationed around my house. Even today, some 17 years after she retired, she still maintains a pretty good knowledge on different reasons the Earth does the things it does. Thanks to her I’ve always considered myself rather adept to natural disasters and phenomenons. Bill Nye helped to back in the early 1990s, too.

Every now and then, I’ll come across something that is even difficult for me to picture. Take this gigantic sinkhole in Guatemala City, for example. On first glance, it was literally as if the doors of hell opened up.

Over the weekend, the perfectly spherical crater developed and consumed whatever was on its surface, including structures and utility lines. There were no reports of deaths related to the sinkhole.

The sinkhole’s destruction added to the tragic events in Central America related to Tropical Storm Agatha, which left a death toll of more than 175 people in the region that includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The sinkhole left a pit that is about 30 meters (about 100 feet) deep and 20 meters (about 66 feet) in diameter.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like looking out my apartment window and seeing a giant crater where the gas station and bus stop used to sit. You ask me right now what my beliefs on the whole 2012 controversy thing and I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve been saying for years now – I plan on celebrating my 27th birthday in February 2013. It’s nothing but another Y2K type media concoction to get people all worked up for something that no one knows for sure will happen. However, seeing stuff like this will only add fuel to fire to those who do believe in the theory.

The actual reasons for why this happened are all over the board. Let the people of Guatemala City tell it and they have seen signs that things were going downhill (literally) for nearly five years now. Neighborhood association president Augusto Lopez Rincon is of the belief traffic (mainly commercial trucks) were the cause. Then there are unconfirmed reports that recent after effects from Tropical Storm Agatha were, in fact, the reason.

Whatever the case may be, there remains but one question. Ok, two. How much dirt and cement is it going to take fill that thing up? And what is the over/under for number of days someone accidentally dies by falling in?

Giant Sinkhole Shocks Neighborhood In Guatemala City [CNN]

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