Huge Sinkhole (Guatemala)
Tuesday, March 06, 2007

By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA, Associated Press Writer

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - A 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed at least two teenagers as it swallowed about a dozen homes early Friday and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood. Officials blamed the sinkhole on recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main. The pit emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground. A rush of water could be heard from its depths, and authorities feared it could widen or others could open up.

Rescue operations were on hold until a firefighter, suspended from a cable, could take video and photos above the hole and officials could use the documentation to decide how to proceed.

The dead were identified as Irma and David Soyos, emergency spokesman Juan Carlos Bolanos said. Their bodies were found near the sinkhole, floating in a river of sewage. Their father, Domingo, was still missing, according to disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, March 06, 2007  
  • At 3/6/07, 12:30 PM, Anonymous Arjan said…

    I saw this news a couple of days agon on a forum and was like WTF!!
    That hole is huge..and deep!

    And overhere people are complaining if the street sunk 30 centimeters...

    Before they close it up..they sur as hell should send some archeologists!

  • At 3/6/07, 1:22 PM, Blogger Phronk said…

    I usually like things involving teenagers and holes, but this is ridiculous!

  • At 3/6/07, 4:41 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Quiero mas pagerank.

  • At 3/6/07, 5:33 PM, Anonymous Arjan said…

    ok..that was scary. I thought my Spanish didn't go any further than: si, no and hijo de puta..

    but I think I understood most of what elsacelsius said.
    Maybe I should have studied Spanish..

  • At 3/6/07, 11:34 PM, Blogger William said…

    Gasp. War of the Worlds.

  • At 3/7/07, 1:17 AM, Blogger Roger said…

    All hell is breaking lose!

  • At 3/7/07, 8:45 AM, Blogger Deepak Gopi said…

    The photo itself brings out the terror

  • At 3/7/07, 2:54 PM, Blogger Butchieboy said…

    That is one big fucking hole!

  • At 3/9/07, 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

  • At 3/11/07, 1:47 AM, Blogger Christina Hancock said…

    That is a scary site to see. It reminds me of the black hole...
    Humble yourself in the site of the Lord and He shall lift you up. James 5:10

  • At 3/14/07, 10:40 AM, Blogger LiVEwiRe said…

    Sinkholes make me nervous. Even seeing them in pics. But this is huge, HUGE! I think I'm gonna puke now.

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