New Giant Sinkhole Appeared Under Guatemalan Woman?s Bed

New Giant Sinkhole Appeared Under Guatemalan Woman?s Bed

A giant sinkhole, 12m deep and 80cm in diameter, appeared under Guatemalan 65-year-old Inocenta Hernandez’s bed on 19 July, 2011.


Ms. Inocenta Hernandez from Guatemala City was anxious when hearing a sudden noise and thinking there had been an explosion nearby: it was a gas canister blast at a neighbour’s house. At first, she run outside and after that she realized the problem was inside her home, she returned and found a gaping, three feet wide, 40 feet deep hole beneath her bed. She said: “We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed.” The 65-year-old Hernandez was relieved that the damage was only to her house, and hadn’t harmed her grandchildren, who had been playing near the bed.

A man inspecting measures the depth of a sinkhole under Inocenta Hernandez’s bed in Guatemala City on July 19

Guatemala City, built on volcanic deposits, is especially prone to sinkholes, often blamed for tropical rain storms

A sinkhole caused by a failing drainage system was seen inside a property that houses ten families in Guatemala City on June 18, 2010

Another giant hole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City on June 2, 2010. It collapsed roads and highway bridges, buried homes under mud and killed at least 180 people


Guatemala City built on volcanic deposits is especially prone to appearing giant chasms because of tropical rain storms. Sinkholes are natural depressions in the earth that can range anywhere from a few feet to hundreds of acres wide, measure a shallow foot to 100 feet deep and can be gradual but are often sudden. In 2007, the country’s largest hole reported to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep swallowed homes and a truck and killed three people as the ground suddenly gave way. In addition, some massive pits opened up in Guatemala City back in 2010; it swallowed up a three-storey building and an intersection.


A huge pit was in Guatemala City on May 31, 2010. At that time, more than 94,000 people were evacuated as the storm buried homes under mud, swept away a highway bridge near Guatemala City

Several homes were swallowed and three people were confirmed missing because of a massive chasm in Guatemala City on February 23, 2007


New Giant Sinkhole Appeared under Guatemalan Woman’s Bed


Related links:

Amazing Sinkholes around the World

Top Ten Huge Sinkholes Worldwide

Most giant holes on Earth

Mary Rose is currently a lecturer on society. In her free time, Mary is fond of joining social activities. Her goal is to provide up-to-date news and articles on society and culture.


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