That Noise Might Be A 12m Sinkhole Opening Under Your Bed

The world is trying to swallow Guatemala, one terrifying sinkhole at a time. The latest occurrence woke 65-year-old Inocenta Hernandez, making her think there'd been a car crash outside. There wasn't. The sound was a 12m chasm opening directly under her bed.

About a million things are terrifying about this. A metre to the side and poor Inocenta might have plunged into the sinkhole as she stepped out of bed. A metre wider and it could have swallowed her whole bed. Or just the fact that in Guatemala, you could be walking down the street or eating at a nice restaurant one moment and find yourself devoured by the earth the next.

Guatemala has an alarming history of sinkholes, the most incredible in recent memory being a 30m deep, 18m diameter Hellmouth in May of last year. [KTLA via Fark]

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