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Geologists announce plans to fill giant sinkhole in Guatemala City (video, NEW pictures)

In this photo released by Guatemala's Presidency on Monday May 31, 2010, a sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City, Monday May 31, 2010. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building but now say they will be conducting further studies to determine the cause. Last April 2007, another giant sinkhole in the same area killed 3 people.(AP Photo/Guatemala's Presidency, Luis Echeverria)

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In this photo released by Guatemala's Presidency on Monday May 31, 2010, a sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City, Monday May 31, 2010. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building but now say they will be conducting further studies to determine the cause. Last April 2007, another giant sinkhole in the same area killed 3 people.(AP Photo/Guatemala's Presidency, Luis Echeverria)
AP Photo/Guatemala's Presidency, Luis Echeverria)
 

Geologists announce plans to fill giant sinkhole in Guatemala City (video, NEW pictures)

Scroll down for new photos of the sinkhole.

A sinkhole that swallowed a three story building n Guatemala City is attracting worldwide attention. It is almost in perfect round shape. It  resembles something out of a science fiction movie. Some have suggested that it is photo-shopped, but for people who live near it, it is all too real.

The sinkhole opened up on Saturday, May 30, in the wake of rains brought by tropical storm Agatha

The sinkhole is estimated to be about 66 feet wide and about 100 feet deep. It covers an entire intersection in Guatemala City. It swallowed a three-story clothing factory but no one was injured.

A geologist told Guatemala’s Prensa Libre newspaper that he plans to go down into the sinkhole to study it.

Geologists David Monterroso told reporters: "First of all I can say what is not: it is a geological fault and not the product of an earthquake. So here is what we know.  ...In nature, a perfect circle as the earth formed only when there is a cavity underneath, like a cave, so to speak."

Maldonado said that there are plans to fill the hole with lodocreto, a composite of cement lime and water. He said that’s similar process was used to fill a sinkhole that formed about 3 miles away in 2007. That sinkhole killed three people and swallowed several homes.

Geologists are waiting to examine blueprints of the city’s sewage system before they will proceed with plans to fill the hole. 

Guatemala giant sinkhole

Above: A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City,Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Authorities say they will be conducting further studies to determine the cause of the almost perfectly circular sinkhole that swallowed an entire intersection in Guatemala City over the weekend, gulping down a clothing factory but causing no deaths or injuries. MORE PHOTOS IN SLIDESHOW BELOW. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 
 

The stunning photos of the Guatemala sinkhole quickly became a talk show topic here in the San Francisco Bay Area when the photos went viral on the Internet on Tuesday.

The Armstrong and Getty Show, broadcast locally on station KNEW, spent the first part of the show's 9 a.m. hour talking about the sinkhole.   The photo was so dramatic, that a caller to the show insisted that it was photo-shopped.

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh, heard locally on KSFO (AM 560) also mentioned the sinkhole in passing.

Tropical storm Agatha killed at least 180 people. 
 

Agatha also impacted El Salvador where ten people have been killed and 11,000 evacuated. Nearly 200 bridges were reported damaged or destroyed. 

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Comments

  • Sheila O'Connor 4 years ago

    It's an amazing sight. Thanks for the update.

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