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Rabu, 02 Juni 2021

Huge sinkhole in central Mexico threatens to swallow home - ABC News

When the Sanchez family heard a loud crash on Saturday, they first thought it was a lightning strike. 

But they soon discovered the ground had collapsed just metres from their home in a field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, a rural area of central Mexico.

The giant sinkhole, which is expanding by dozens of metres each day, reached about 30 metres wide by Sunday.

It rapidly grew to 60 metres on Monday and around 80 metres on Tuesday, authorities said, coming perilously close to the house of the Sanchez family, who fear they will be left homeless.

"We have nothing. We're not from here. We have no relatives. We're alone," Heriberto Sanchez, originally from the south-eastern state of Veracruz, told the media.

Scientists and authorities were considering hypotheses including a geological fault or variations in the soil's water content as the possible causes.

As the sinkhole has grown, large chunks of earth have continually broken away from the rim, scaring off onlookers approaching a security cordon set up by the authorities.

Aerial view of a sinkhole that was found by farmers in a field of crops in Santa Maria Zacatepec.
Large chunks of earth have broken away from the rim, scaring off onlookers approaching a security cordon set up by the authorities.(

AFP: Jose Castanares

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In a video posted on social media, two men were seen approaching the hole shortly before it expanded suddenly, forcing them to run to safety.

"It will grow until nature decides, when the water stops exerting pressure," Puebla state governor Miguel Barbosa said.

"The important thing now is public safety."

AFP

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