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WTF Photo: Massive Sinkhole Swallows Guatemalan Intersection


Check out this unbelievable shot.

Tropical Storm Agatha powered through Guatemala over the weekend and caused this massive sinkhole to swallow an entire intersection in Guatemala City.

"A local newspaper reported that a private security guard was killed when the sinkhole opened up, but authorities had not confirmed the fatality. Residents said that a poor sewage drainage system underground was to blame for the sinkhole. A similar hole opened up nearby last year, they said."

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  1. @ Disgusted American: It's 322 feet deep.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jun 1, 2010 1:11:29 PM

  2. Don't worry, the Earth isn't hollow.

    Posted by: James | Jun 1, 2010 1:21:11 PM

  3. "Sinkhole Swallows Guatemalan Intersection" -- Look at the bright side: it swallows.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 1, 2010 2:07:09 PM

  4. its real. there's video and other photos on cnn. its probably a cenote... like the ones on the yucatan penninsula. massive underground springs...its a loooong wayyyyy down.....

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorderits real | Jun 1, 2010 2:31:14 PM

  5. Fake

    Posted by: jmatts | Jun 1, 2010 7:05:06 PM

  6. That's what I thought NORTHOFTHEBORDERS. I wondered if it collapsed into an underground spring/cave system myself. Isn't SA riddled with them?

    Posted by: aleabeth | Jun 1, 2010 8:53:29 PM

  7. It's my new desktop background. Not everyday you see something REAL like that.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jun 1, 2010 9:03:11 PM

  8. It's real it's an official govt photo. What's at the bottom is most likely sewage. Exciting.

    Posted by: Matti | Jun 2, 2010 4:37:32 AM

  9. it's not bs and its not photo shopped. it's perfectly round because it is a result of a man made project. unless you speak fluent spanish you wouldnt understand the reasoning as the reporters that translate often times dont speak enough spanish to really understand. there's a series of 13 drainage holes that were made in 1978 as a project to improve the cities drainage system. (drainage or septic because the word they used in the reports could be either) they are about 30 meters wide by 80 meters deep. they run along the 6th and 7th street in zone 6 and 2 (the zones of the capital go in a spiral so 6 and 2 are actually neighboring zones) i was in the country (as i lived there for 4 years) when the 1st hole opened a few years ago. i left the country last year so i wasnt there for the most recent sink hole... my mother in law however lives less than 4 blocks from that one. the project being abandoned meant no maintenance to keep up the structures that formed the drains, so they deteriorated leaving nothing but the cap... which gave way this time with heavy rains. so trust me it is NOT bs, fake, photo shopped, edited or anything else (though i've seen some jerks having fun editing monsters into the pictures, not stopping to think that people have DIED because of this)

    btw, sinkholes all over the world can be perfectly symmetrical or not. if they are caused by old buried plants rotting, or underground caves or mines giving in they generally arent perfectly round... but when it is an old well or septic that gave way they will probably be perfectly round. so though this is probably the largest case of sinkhole caused by man made structure, it is definitely not the only perfectly round sinkhole ever found.

    Posted by: this sucks | Jun 13, 2010 6:16:44 PM

  10. 'fake'... Guatemala is the northern most country of central america (unless u count mexico) NOT south america n.n'' but yes we have countless underground caves. a friend of mine often led expeditions to go cave diving and cave exploring (as well as mountain climbing) all over gt. i only got to see one big one so far. there were a few near where i lived but because the potential danger of robbers hiding in more secluded touristic areas to rob u (and more) i didnt have enough male friends to get a big enough group to go safely to those. the combination of heavy regular rainfalls, and millions of years of volcanic activity (making lava tubes) has left the country filled with caves.

    Posted by: umm.. | Jun 13, 2010 6:25:34 PM

  11. that was to 'aleabeth' read the wrong line

    Posted by: umm.. | Jun 13, 2010 6:27:53 PM

  12. Sinkhole 2007:

    Posted by: Guatemala Sinkhole | Aug 20, 2010 1:17:10 AM

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