Sinkhole Forms Under Woman’s Bed
July 21, 2011 by staff
Sinkhole Forms Under Woman’s Bed, When neighbors heard a loud explosion during the night they thought a cooking gas canister had exploded. Instead, they found a well depth of the size of a large pot inside a house in a neighborhood north of Guatemala City.
The collapse appeared Monday night was 12.2 meters (40 feet) deep and 80 centimeters (32 inches) in diameter, an AFP reporter who visited the site reported.
The hole is small compared with giant sinkhole that formed near 2007 that was 100 meters (330 feet) deep and swallowed several homes and a truck, killing three people. Area residents were forced to evacuate a day.
A sink 2010 also in the same area, measuring 18 meters (60 feet) wide and 30 meters, swallowed a three-story building and a nearby house, when suddenly formed.
“When we heard the loud explosion that we think a gas cylinder had exploded a neighboring house, or had an accident in the street,” said Inocenta Hernandez, 65, widow.
“We hasten to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and searched until we found it under my bed,” Hernandez said.
“Thank God there is only property damage, and my grandchildren running around the house, in the room and go outside,” he said.
The police, members of the country office of natural disasters and officials of the utility of water came to visit.
Sinkholes, formed by the natural process of erosion may be gradual but often sudden.
Guatemala City, built on volcanic deposits, is particularly prone to subsidence, often attributed to a leaky drainage system or heavy rainfall.
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