A giant crack in Earth that opened up near Hermosillo in the state of Sonora, Mexico has left geologists in amazement because the huge chasm stretches for nearly two-thirds of a mile and measures close to 30 feet deep and is just more than 15 feet across at its widest spot, according to a Aug. 22 Huffington Post report.
The giant crack was first spotted by locals Tuesday night when it split a rural road in half 50 miles. Residents of the rural community Hermosillo were alarmed by the sudden appearance of the huge crack. Due to its immense size, farm workers and vehicles have been forced to go around the area because of unstable ground conditions.
Footage of the crack was captured by a drone flying along the length of the trench and the video was posted on Facebook.
Geologists said that the earth opened up by increased groundwater flow in consequence of the heavy rains that hit the area in recent days. Experts believe that this may have caused an underground stream to develop, which softened the earth above it until it collapsed.
The huge crack starts at a small dam under construction and is in a place uninhabited, the nearest town is 6 miles away. The civil protection unit believes the fissure may have been caused by an Aug. 10 earthquake. But another investigation by geologists at the University of Sonora found that farmers in the area had built up a levee stream to contain rainwater which had begun to leak.
Although the giant crack has triggered a slew of concern, Martín Valencia Moreno, the head of the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Regional Station of the Geological Institute, said there's no need to worry.
"It's definitely not a cause for alarm for the population," Moreno told Excelsior in a statement translated by The Huffington Post, "it's more something sensationalist and people like to encourage that sort of thing."