The Gates Of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala

"This can't be real" was my first thought. Then I checked the source: the Guatemalan government. This sinkhole appeared last sunday in a street intersection of Ciudad de Guatemala. Just looking at the photo gives me vertigo. Updated.

A sinkhole is a natural depression caused by the removal of underground soil by water. Usually, it happens when the substrate is formed by limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds or any other rock that is easily eroded by water streams. The process could be slow, but sometimes the land just cracks open without notice. In this case, it happened suddenly, swallowing an entire house. The cause: Massive underground water torrents created by tropical storm Agatha.

Sinkholes' size ranges from low terrain depressions to hundred of metres. Unlike the similar sinkhole that killed two teens in 2007, there seems to be no victims. At least one local newspaper is reporting one person dead, but the authorities have not confirmed it. Some neighbours claim that a whole three-storey building and a house fell into the hole.

Judging by the picture above, it seems like at least the last part is true. [Flickr via Boing Boing]

Photo by Paulo Raquec

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Comments's a thought...might it be that the earth is actually the Deathstar and that is the superlaser!!

    That looks too suspiciously round! Sinkholes have an irregular edge shape. This is man made. Perhaps an old missle silo that was poorly covered up! Amazing. However, I seem to remember seeing this as an email hoax a few years ago. Hmmmm.

      Sometimes I read what people say and I agree, but this time because I am two blocks away from this hole and know of the people that died when it opened and took a whole house, this time your comments make you sound terribly ignorant.

        Luckily, it happened in a street intersection and there are no victims. lol at Les

        but: "Luckily, it happened in a street intersection and there are no victims." ?

        Interesting you say you know people that got sucked down in this one Les, article said "Luckily, it happened in a street intersection and there are no victims."...

    Yeah, Im calling shenanigans for now.

    that's why you can't divide by zero

    It's the Silurians!! Look out for a blue police box and hot pants!!

    Incredibly it is true. Im currently stuck in Antigua, Guatemala due to Tropical Storm Agatha and this is only one of many sick holes they are showing on the news here

    Google Maps HQ:

    "Oh god, someone update the maps before we get sued again!"

    "Uhhhh...if they fall down that... they can't sue us".

    "Route Conroy through this intersection - STAT!"

      You a fool for that one. Lmao How you going to sue google for your stoopid tail walking down the middle of the road. Of course I'm referring to the original article about a lady suing google maps.

    I also call shenanigans. It is too round and clean, though makes me think of Gears of War ;)

      Or Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer *gag*

    Someone forgot to type the numbers in and the hatch imploded.

    Great Photoshop job.

    ummm, not fake

    For all you unbelievers:

    Isn't it abit odd that there is no infrastructure underground in that shot.
    Given the proxitimty to other buildings I would have expected to see sewage lines, water pipes and electrical conduits runing under the road surface and penetrating the hold.
    Also, if this was a side effect of the terrential rain from the depression, where is all the runoff?

      Have a look at the Flikr link provided by @yup and it answers all your questions. The higher res shows underground pipes and power lines disappearing into the abyss. Looks pretty real to me.

      There was a similar thing on the show "Monster Moves" where some remote town was being lost bit by bit to these sink holes so they had to move the whole town one building at a time before it all got swallowed. In that case it was caused by over-mining underground so the entire town was basically sitting on a honeycomb wafer.

    Interestingly, watching the you tube clip about it listed above, the final frame shows the hole in the ground near a road that curves around a bend, however the photo above is with said bend. Is it a case of photochop for above because of te news story, or were there multiple holes?

    its emergence day! grab your parachute and lets jump in!

    See what happens when you type google into google...

    I love how lazy skeptics feel the need to permeate every photo on the internet with "Definitely photoshopped... Durrr". This is real, it was on the world news, there are tons of different photos of it, it's not "OMG Fake". Two seconds of research can eliminate a lot of ignorance.

    The information given with this photo is incorrect. Although most of the hole is at an intersection it also took part of a three story building with it. You can see the remaining half better on the Associated Press photos. Be nice, people. People very well could have died.

    Actually, according to CNN, one house and a three-story building was swallowed into the hole as it opened; as well as a private security guard who is yet to be identified.
    If it took out a house AND a three-story building by surprise, I'm pretty sure there were victims.

    actually multiple people died. a house and an apartment building fell into the hole. michael, jason, ash; show some respect for the people that lost their lives.

    This is why you shouldn't Google "Google" on your iPhone in the middle of crossing the road.

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