Guatemala’s Hole

Government of Guatemala has hung on its page this impressive image in which it is appreciated the circular hole of sixty meters of depth that opened suddenly in a neighborhood of the capital of the country.

The hole, about 30 meters in diameter, literally swallowed three houses and dragged at least two people to the depths.

Holes such as that of the image are formed in places where the subsoil is rich in limestone, salts and other soluble rocks and therefore dissolve easily in the water.

In this case, tropical storm Agatha is believed to have fed an underground stream that was mining and destabilizing the terrain until it collapsed completely.

In addition, while other holes open gradually, as the subsoil is eroded by moisture, Guatemala belongs to the most dangerous category, which open suddenly and without warning.


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