Guatemala Sinkhole Bed
July 22, 2011 by staff
Guatemala Sinkhole Bed, A grandmother in Guatemala City had a lucky escape after a huge landslide suddenly opened under her bed while he slept.
Hernandez Inocenta awoke July 18 to discover that she was lying a few inches above 12 meters (40 feet) deep sump.
Mrs. Hernandez was awakened by a booming sound that she thought was a gas explosion outside.
The sound was actually the land under her bed implosion to create a deep hole and almost perfectly circular.
If the well was a few feet larger than the retiree may have swallowed her sleep.
The 65-year-old said: “My son was crying because you never expect something like that in the bedroom.
“When you got out of bed and I was this big hole in my son and said we have to call the fire department because they have come.
“Thanks to God and the Virgin Mary that nothing bad happened, it was an accident.”
In the weeks leading up to the pit appeared neighbors had reported hearing strange noises from the earth and now fear more implosions.
Guatemala’s national disaster relief agency has come to the house of Mrs. Hernandez to investigate the collapse and determine whether there is any risk to area residents.
Investigator David De Leon said: “The whole city is based on the volcanic material which means that some areas are not stable.”
Sinkholes, formed by the natural process of erosion may be gradual but often sudden.
Guatemala City is particularly prone to them.
Often blamed on a leaky drainage system or heavy rainfall.
In 2007, the largest collapse of the country and a truck swallowed homes and killed three people on the ground suddenly gave way.
In 2010, a three-story building was engulfed by another massive landslide.
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