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The Gate of Hell
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Posted 6/1/10


A huge sinkhole in Guatemala City (map), Guatemala, crashed into being on Sunday, reportedly swallowing a three-story building—and echoing a similar, 2007 sinkhole in Guatemala.

The sinkhole has likely been weeks or even years in the making—floodwaters from tropical storm Agatha caused the sinkhole to finally collapse, scientists say.

The sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 30 stories deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentucky.

(See a Texas sinkhole picture.)

Sinkholes are natural depressions that can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse.

Another way sinkholes can form is if water enlarges a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil gently slumps, eventually leaving behind a sinkhole.
It's unclear which mechanism is behind the 2010 Guatemala sinkhole, but in either case the final collapse can be sudden, Currens said.

(Related: "Sinkhole Holds 12,000-Year-Old Clues to Early Americans.")

2010 Guatemala Sinkhole Could Grow

A ruptured sewer line is thought to have caused the sinkhole that appeared in Guatemala City in 2007.

The 2010 Guatemala sinkhole could have formed in a similar fashion, Currens said. A burst sanitary or storm sewer may have been slowly saturating the surrounding soil for a long time before tropical storm Agatha added to the inundation.

"The tropical storm came along and would have dumped even more water in there, and that could have been the final trigger that precipitated the collapse," Currens said.

(See Guatemala pictures from National Geographic Traveler magazine.)

Depending on the makeup of the subsurface layer, the Guatemala sinkhole "could eventually enlarge and take in more buildings," he said.

Typically, officials fill in sinkholes with large rocks and other debris. But the 2010 Guatemala sinkhole "is so huge that it's going to take a lot of fill material to fill it," Currens said.

"I don't know what they're going to do."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100601-sinkhole-in-guatemala-2010-world-science/


My knees started shaking just seeing that picture and it's definitely real!
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Man, that's Deep. I meant the story, not the hole.... Okay, both.


That's pretty scary. I wouldn't want to live there. What about the people who lives nearby? It could start collapsing around the hole, making it even worse.

Edit: I just thought of Darker Than Black when I read the title of the thread.
Posted 6/1/10

Kadushy wrote:

Man, that's Deep. I meant the story, not the hole.... Okay, both.


That's pretty scary. I wouldn't want to live there. What about the people who lives nearby? It could start collapsing around the hole, making it even worse.

Edit: I just thought of Darker Than Black when I read the title of the thread.


Yeah my immediate thought was Hei when I read the title

scary stuff though
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Has anyone tested the hole yet?
Posted 6/1/10
Wow what a nice topic title *sarcasm*

Anyway, I read that this morning. I was shocked & frightened for the people who live near that giant hole. I pray nobody falls in or the hole gets any bigger
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Yeah that's just batshit crazy, mind the gap eh?

Next thing you know they'll have built an enormous wall around the city and some chap will appear that can kill you with his brain
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wow, its lucky that it looks like there was no houses in the wayy, really deep hole though
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Didn't really follow that anime and I also didn't think about it when making this thread.

'Gate of Hell' was my first thought when I saw that picture.

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And it doesn't look the slightest bit like a natural occurence. I have seen such holes irl. Those are just like a crater with a V shape, nothing that goes vertically for a hundre metres in a U shape.
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That title got me O__o .

I hope it doesn't get deeper .
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Posted 6/1/10
that just keeps going down huh. maybe an ancient monster will crawl out
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Posted 6/1/10 , edited 6/1/10
The one from 2007. Don't tell me that looks like a natural hole to you!

And I wouldn't be surprised if Godzilla came out of that.
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Posted 6/1/10 , edited 6/1/10
It's still not any easier to send people to hell, unless you and the person you're seeing off are right next to it...

They should start making a huge underground mall, and a deep fucking pool...

Seriously though, this image shrivels me testis...
Posted 6/1/10
At first I thought this picture was shopped, but it's real. That's one huge hole, I hope no one falls in.
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At first glance I thought "shopped" but then i read the article....
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Posted 6/1/10 , edited 6/1/10
Congrats to us for the sucessful test of that new space-based laser weapon!
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