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Natural Disaster Picture of the Day: Guatemalan Sinkhole.

Posted on | June 2, 2010|No Comments<Back
Posted by Rachel Hulin


This scares me so much more than a volcano ever could.

from BoingBoing:

This photo just posted to the Guatemalan Government’s Flickr feed shows a spontaneous sinkhole (”hundimiento”) 20 meters deep and 15 wide that appeared today in Zone 2 of Guatemala City, after overwhelming saturation of rains from tropical storm Agatha. Local press reports that it swallowed an entire 3-story building. Not Photoshop, sadly: these happen from time to time during major storms in part because of unstable geology, and in part, bad urban engineering—read more about it in the comments. A break in the over-stressed sewage pipes after the storm was the cause for this one. There are rumors of other sinkholes now forming nearby.

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