Agatha Was A Real Bitch

Man oh Manischewitz, this looks like something out of a cheap horror flick

Emergency workers in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are struggling to get aid to communities cut off by Tropical Storm Agatha.

The storm has left at least 150 people dead since Saturday, most of them in Guatemala.

The picture is of a sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City

The 30m-diameter sinkhole opened up in a northern district of Guatemala City, with residents blaming the rains and substandard drainage systems. Local reports said one man was killed when the building was swallowed. In 2007, three people died when a similar sinkhole appeared in the same area.

I can’t imagine how awful it must have been to have been in that building…

19 Responses to “Agatha Was A Real Bitch”

  1. ricki says:

    Holy….that’s a REAL photo? Scary.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Ain’t it just INSANE?

    It looks completely fake.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    I keep expecting Them to crawl out of it…

  4. Skyler says:

    I smell a fake.

  5. major dad says:

    I’m with Skyler. I’m raising the BS flag. Doesn’t that look a little too symmetrical?

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    And it also seems it’s legit and has happened before.

  7. major dad says:

    Still not buying it.

  8. JeffS says:

    This appears unusually large, but it’s possible, in some terrain. The shape could come from the water moving in a circular fashion, similar to water draining from a sink.

    IIRC, a lot of Central America is composed of Karst topography which is especially vulnerable to erosion.

  9. JeffS says:

    Yeah, I *thought* this was familiar! These sinkholes are quite common in Central America, such as in the Yucatan. They’re known as “cenotes”.

  10. mojo says:

    Y’know, there was a reason those central-american indians formed a whole religion around caves.

    They had LOTS of them.

  11. mojo says:

    Look up “Conchoidal fracture” sometime.

    Sink holes end up that way. In Mexico/Yucatan they call them “cenotes”

    Looks like a deep one, though. Cave down there?

  12. JeffS says:

    They had LOTS of them.

    And those were their only reliable water source. There are few to no rivers in that region.

  13. tree hugging sister says:

    Which is why you don’t drink the water in the Yucatan.

  14. mojo says:

    There are rivers, they’re just under the limestone. That’s where the caves come from.

  15. don says:

    yes. that hole looks amazingly scary. when i first witnessed the picture, it left me in complete disbelief.

    how does a hole that size even happen?

  16. JeffS says:

    Yeah, it’s Associated (with terrorists) Press, but in this sad sad world, you takes whats you can gets.

  17. Mr. Bingley says:

    don, from what i have read it’s a combination of the geology under the city (lots of limestone which dissolves relatively easily in certain type of water) and old poorly constructed and thus leaky leaky leaky sewer systems which allow lots of aforementioned water to, well, eat away lots of the limestone. Crazy scary, thinking something like that could be underneath you.

  18. Skyler says:

    Okay, there is a Karst preserve not a quarter mile from my house. Should I be scared?

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