A Sight to Behold: Guatemala City, Guatemala Sinkhole, 2010 (PHOTOS)

by the Left Coast Rebel

First Guatemala witnesses the violent eruption of the Pacaya volcano, now this. Via Google Trends the net this evening is a'twitter over the Guatemala sinkhole that just occured in Guatemala City due to the Agatha hurricane. Long Island Press reports:

A gigantic sinkhole, larger than a city intersection, has opened in the northern part of Guatemala City, Guatemala, after the region was battered by Tropical Storm Agatha. More than 100 people lost their lives in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador due to the intense weather.

A local newspaper reports that a security guard was killed when the giant sinkhole opened up, and local residents claim a three-story building and a house fell into the hole. Neither of these reports have been confirmed.

The sinkhole was blamed on poor sewage system, but was the least of Guatemala’s worries, as mudslides wracked the country, burying victims, closing roads and collapsing bridges, forcing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.

You may wonder why the Left Coast Rebel would bother to carry or mention this incident. Here's your answer - check out these pictures of the Guatemala City sinkhole from Guatemala's government owned Flickr page:

guatemala sinkholeAlign Center

guatemala sinkhole 2

Now that is amazing. Can you imagine this thing opening up in front of you? Wikipedia has information on sinkholes such as the Guatemala sinkhole:

A sinkhole, also known as a sink, shake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline or cenote, is a natural depression or hole in the surface topography caused by the removal of soil or bedrock, often both, by water. Sinkholes may vary in size from less than a metre to several hundred metres both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms. They may be formed gradually or suddenly, and are found worldwide. These terms are often used interchangeably though many will distinguish between those features into which a surface stream flows and those which have no such input.

For more on how 'sinkholes' occur go to Wikipedia.

9 comments:

  1. Jeez, LCR, you sure you didn't just photo-shop these? They are breathtaking pictures.

    ..connection ot U.S. Politics? How about a metaphor for The Pantload's presidency?

    But, seriously, this scares the crap out of me just thinking about having one of these sprout up (er, down) in one's front yard.

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  2. WP - They are real, I was leery at first as well.

    Metaphors abound when it comes to the Manchild...

    Rat hole, sink hole, Federal solvency....

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  3. I'm with the war planner. Looks an awful lot like a photoshop!

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  4. Great coverage LCR, linked at Reaganite Republican just now-

    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2010/06/guatemala-sinkhole-100-dead.html

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  5. http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2010/06/guatemala-crater.html

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  6. I think we're looking at the future of all of us Americans, unless we can stop the slide into socialism...

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  7. i think it is the end of the world god is tired of all violence pepol please i dont want to die we are not that late make a differance god bless you all have peace

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  8. the second picture you posted is from another sinkhole in guatemala in 2007...it was almost much deeper than the new one....getting your facts straight is part of your "responsibility"

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