The Guatemala sinkhole 2010 has been very ominous for that nation. Since the Guatemala sinkhole 2010 is the second in that area during the last four years, it has spread fears about future holes. Because the ground and infrastructure may not be up to snuff, the country could be at risk for more holes, which could cause a more severe loss of life. But, although that battered nation has an unstable ground, the problem is not limited to poor Central American countries. Although the Guatemala sinkhole 2010 is the most publicized giant hole in the ground, at least it’s their only one at the moment – something China cannot say.
Way back in April, China reported a series of craters in Yinbin City. They were not in populated areas, but seeing several of them in the middle of a field may top the Guatemala sinkhole 2010. However, this was just the first incident of its kind in China recently.
Pictures of other Chinese sinkholes have emerged online, and are being gathered up across the Net. The website China Smack has pictures from late May and early June, featuring new holes in China. One of them was in a rice paddy field on May 27, while another emerged on the Zhejiang Huang Qun Nan highway.
Like the Guatemala sinkhole 2010, these craters did not kill anyone. In fact, the one on the highway is quite small, at least compared to the one in Central America. It is merely 10 meters in depth, although it is more of a problem for drivers.
Yet, almost one year ago today, another major incident happened in the Guangxi Province. A hole formed that was 80 meters wide and 20 meters deep, with many cracks forming around it. But, the damage did not become any greater, although cracks have grown over the last year.
After the Guatemala sinkhole 2010 formed, the popular theory was that an unstable infrastructure and piping system helped cause it. Since that nation has a neglected system, is among the poorer nations in the region, and is already dealing with other natural disasters, the hole wasn’t a gigantic surprise. Yet, China is among the richest nations in the world, and they have even more frequent sinkholes forming.
According to the U.K’s Telegraph, Chinese citizens commented online – whether they were joking or not – that it is a sign of the Mayan 2012 end-of-the-world theory. Whatever the reason, the Guatemala sinkhole 2010 clearly has company. Since that hole has been such a phenomenon, it is also shedding light on similar incidents elsewhere, proving this isn’t just limited to one region.
At the least, Guatemalans can take solace that another nation has worse sinkhole problems than they do – though China has more resources to deal with it.
Telegraph- “Are there any reasonable explanations for spectacular sinkholes in China?”
China Smack- “Sinkholes Appearing Around China, Chinese Netizen Reactions”