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Giant sinkhole in Guatemala swallows houses and people

Actually reading the text below it could be a tunnel to hell!

A giant 330 foot sinkhole opened before dawn Friday, swallowing several homes and a truck and leaving a father and two teenagers missing in Guatemala City.

Officials said the 100-meter-deep (330-foot-deep) sinkhole in a crowded neighborhood of poor, concrete homes was caused by recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main.

National disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez identified the missing as Domingo, Irma and David Sosyos, ages 53, 18 and 15, respectively. A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim.

"The shaking of the house woke us up," said 26-year old Edward Ramirez, who lives 50 meters (50 yards) from the sinkhole and said residents had been hearing noises and feeling tremors for about a month. "People were shouting 'the electric posts are falling down!'

Authorities said the hole was extremely unstable, forcing the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people from their homes. Police helped residents, some even carrying refrigerators and televisions on their shoulders.

The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths. Authorities feared it could widen or others could open up.

 http://www.cnn.com/2007/WOR...

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By netchicken: posted on 24-2-2007

On a good note, look how deep the top soil is there? I'll bet they can grow some nice tomatoes around those parts!
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 24-2-2007

TC you always look on the bright side :)

Hey what a great site for a long drop! Plant a seat over that and it will never fill up!
By netchicken: posted on 24-2-2007

lol thats ridiculous, hope those people are ok
By FrozenFlameXXX: posted on 29-3-2007








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