The Guatemala sink hole has become an Internet sensation since the weekend. However, the sink hole is also part of a national tragedy, after the country was hit by a tropical storm. It was one thing to have almost 100 people killed by the past weekend’s storm, and to have a major rebuilding process ahead from that. But having this giant crater form is something else, as it still looks like something so unrealistic that it had to have been Photoshopped. However, the Guatemala sink hole is very real, and also very mysterious.
Sometime after Tropical Storm Agatha hit Central America, the hole formed and swallowed up a few buildings. The government released the photos of it on Twitter, though it took a while for many to believe it was actually real. Now that everyone knows the Guatemala sink hole is real, they now have to figure out how it happened.
The rainfall obviously had a part in it, but there had to have been a lot of water to erode soil to this extent. After the initial shock wore off, investigations are now officially under way to determine the cause.
The official stats of the sink hole are that it is 66 feet wide, and at least 100 feet deep. Eventually, geologists will have to go inside to find out more, once it is safe. Citizens nearby are already leaving the area, fearful that the hole will expand and cause more buildings to collapse.
Already, a clothing factory has fallen down, and there are still unconfirmed reports that a security guard was killed. However, the Guatemala sink hole does not seem to have officially harmed anyone else, as most of the damage and loss of life this weekend was caused by the storm.
Although Tropical Storm Agatha caused more lasting damage to people and to property, the sideshow is still this giant crater. It is not the first one to form in Guatemala City’s Zone 2, as a similar hole was created three years ago. It swallowed up several more homes and officially killed three people, as officials determined that rain and a sewage flow were responsible.
For the Guatemala sink hole 2010, the causes are harder to pin down. National Disaster Mangement Agency Official David Monterroso ruled out a geological fault and an earthquake as causes. Officials suspect that there are caves underneath, given the shape of the hole.
At the moment, it doesn’t seem like any quick answers will be forthcoming. People are still just gawking at the sink hole, while hoping this is as big as it will get.
Associated Press- “Crews probe Guatemala sinkhole as neighbors flee”
Christian Science Monitor- “Guatemala City sinkhole so big, so round it ‘doesn’t seem real'”