WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A giant sinkhole that appeared on May 29 in Mexico is still growing, alarming authorities and threatening to swallow a farmhouse.
- Reports say the hole on the ground was about 5 meters in diameter when it was first measured then rapidly grew to 68 meters within 24 hours.
- The United States Geological Survey explained that sinkholes occur when the ground below the land surface cannot support it and groundwater circulating underground dissolve the rock beneath the surface.
A massive sinkhole that formed last week is continuing to grow, threatening to swallow a farmhouse Mexico’s state Puebla.
The hole on the ground, which formed on May 29 in Santa Maria Zacatepec, is filled with water. The town is about 80 miles outside of Mexico’s capital.
The sinkhole appeared at just over 5 meters (16 feet) in diameter but has since grown to 68 meters wide, according to officials.
Mexican authorities had to put up barricades to keep spectators who have gathered in the area at a safe distance.
Investigators are still working the find out what caused the depression, but authorities said they are most immediately concerned with public safety.
According to Puebla state governor Miguel Barbosa, the situation is “a matter of enormous risk,” as per Newsweek.
“I tell the Poblanos and the people of the region that we are going to be aware that there are no human tragedies,” Barbosa told Newsweek. “It is a geological fault that must be addressed with great care, with technique and with all the precautions and we are doing it.”
The governor confirmed that the family whose home was close to the hole was evacuated.
Magdalena and Heriberto Sánchez, the owners of the farmhouse, shared that they heard a thunderous sound, alarming them.
“At 6 o’clock we heard like thunder and we did not think this was it and then my in-laws realized it and when I got closer, I saw that the earth sank and how the water was bubbling and I panicked,” Magdalena Sánchez told El Sol de México.
According to the US Geological Survey, sinkholes occur when groundwater circulates underground, dissolving the rock beneath the surface. The depression usually appears suddenly “because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big.”
Source: Yahoo! News