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   Undertoad  Saturday Feb 24 06:27 AM

February 24, 2007: Massive sinkhole in Guatemala



There's nothing like a big hole in the middle of your town, suddenly appearing and taking with it several residents.

This sinkhole appeared yesterday; I saw it at Neatorama; the full story at MSNBC tells us this thing is 330 feet deep and has swallowed two residents and ten homes. Probably caused by faulty sewer/water lines.



Quote:
The pit emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground. A rush of water could be heard from its depths.

Authorities have warned that the sounds coming from the sinkhole augured further possible collapses, and possibly the destruction of more homes. The dwellings around the crater have been evacuated, and police cordoned off a 500-yard security perimeter around the hole.

Edward Ramirez said he and other residents had been hearing noises and feeling tremors for about a month before the ground opened up before dawn, waking many in the poor neighborhood.

"People were shouting 'The electric posts are falling down!'" said the 26-year-old Ramirez, who lives 50 yards from the hole. "We are going to a friend's house now. There's no way we'll stay here."



Spexxvet  Saturday Feb 24 09:44 AM

Dubbed by the locals "El Anus"



Adam  Saturday Feb 24 10:16 AM

In that first image... imagine being that neighbor and opening that there door?

This is nothing compared to what's going to happen at the Oglala Reservoir...



Spexxvet  Saturday Feb 24 10:57 AM

Welcome to the Cellar, Adam.



milkfish  Saturday Feb 24 11:25 AM

Just wait until the Martians start coming up.



seakdivers  Saturday Feb 24 01:06 PM

Once again, I am seeing goatse.



Pie  Saturday Feb 24 02:51 PM

You really should get those symptoms looked at, Seak.



The 42  Saturday Feb 24 02:52 PM

Wow, it looks like some little boy got his wish of digging a hole to china...!



SeanAhern  Saturday Feb 24 03:28 PM

A little boy with Playschool's My First Demolition Kit. :-)



Pie  Saturday Feb 24 03:42 PM




Elspode  Saturday Feb 24 03:48 PM

Harryhausen is one of my heroes. That was an awesome link.



gmr2048  Saturday Feb 24 05:14 PM

goatsehole



Just for the record, IANAGA (i am not a graphic artist).

-gmr2048



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 24 06:53 PM

I'm amazed it's so round and smooth. I'd expect a ragged, more jagged hole.
Or teeth like pie's worm hole.



Pie  Sunday Feb 25 12:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
pie's worm hole.
Yuck, Bruce, don't say things like that! Take it back!



SPUCK  Sunday Feb 25 03:10 AM

I don't get it... Where did the 60,000cubic yards of dirt go?!?!?

That's the same as 6,000 dump truck loads!

That's like 10 loads a day for 2 years...

That has to have gone somewhere... There should be some guy standing in his field wondering.. F**^ing gophers!



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Feb 25 05:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
Yuck, Bruce, don't say things like that! Take it back!
Yo, I wasn't the one posting the picture of the worm hole, you did.


meredithsindedo  Sunday Feb 25 11:03 AM

wow. i would get out of there strata-way.



Spexxvet  Sunday Feb 25 11:44 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I don't get it... Where did the 60,000cubic yards of dirt go?!?!?

That's the same as 6,000 dump truck loads!

That's like 10 loads a day for 2 years...

That has to have gone somewhere... There should be some guy standing in his field wondering.. F**^ing gophers!
Maybe it was eaten by whatever made the hole


Spexxvet  Sunday Feb 25 11:46 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by meredithsindedo View Post
wow. i would get out of there strata-way.
Welcome to the cellar, meredithsindedo.


Pie  Sunday Feb 25 11:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Yo, I wasn't the one posting the picture of the worm hole, you did.
That was the Almighty Sarlaac from Star Wars. It certainly wasn't mine!


Trilby  Sunday Feb 25 12:49 PM

My 5 year-old nephew is obsessed with this. He wanted me to take him to "Guammammala" to see it. I showed him the globe and said, "we live HERE and the hole is waaaaay down here!" He was unimpressed.

He said, "can we go today?"



Wombat  Sunday Feb 25 06:15 PM

It swallowed 10 homes??? No way! Where would they have been? It's mostly swallowed road and vacant lot, plus a small corner of a building (about 8m by 2m by my estimate).


Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I don't get it... Where did the 60,000cubic yards of dirt go?!?!?
Washed away. The story says it is caused by a ruptured sewage/rainwater drain, and that "A rush of water could be heard from its depths". Never underestimate the earth-moving capabilities of running water.


Kingswood  Sunday Feb 25 06:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I don't get it... Where did the 60,000cubic yards of dirt go?!?!?
Maybe the Guatemalans have discovered a new weapon of mass destruction.


rkzenrage  Sunday Feb 25 06:32 PM

We get a lot of those around here.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Feb 25 06:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
That was the Almighty Sarlaac from Star Wars. It certainly wasn't mine!
I know what it was supposed to be, but Lucas cheaped out and used an unemployed worm from Dune to simulate Sarlacc. That's because Sarlacc's agent thought he had Lucas by the short hairs, but I digress.

You're not a worm because you type, worms don't type. I doubt if you have any wormholes in you, because if you did, I'll bet you'd be seeking some medical help, rather than hanging in the Cellar.
That said, it's your wormhole because you posted it. Jeez, that's one of the basic tenets of the Intarweb, "If you bring a wormhole on the net, it's your responsibility, not tech-attendants or baggage handlers.


Pie  Sunday Feb 25 07:58 PM

Okay, mea culpa. It's my worm. How does one de-worm a planet?
Or is it this sort of wormhole?



Spexxvet  Sunday Feb 25 07:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingswood View Post
Maybe the Guatemalans have discovered a new weapon of mass destruction.
I didn't know Guatemala is in Iraq!


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 26 04:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
Okay, mea culpa. It's my worm. How does one de-worm a planet?
Tell Bush there's oil in it.


SPUCK  Monday Feb 26 05:56 AM

Quote:
about 8m by 2m by my estimate
That's right 10 Guatemalan homes!! What's the problem? That was actually 10 large homes..


CharlieG  Monday Feb 26 08:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
...snip... Never underestimate the earth-moving capabilities of running water.
I don't

http://photos.travisswicegood.com/v/...lorer.jpg.html


Sheldonrs  Monday Feb 26 09:16 AM

Hmmm.... Makes me think of Courtney Love, for several reasons.

It also reminds me that this Thursday is my BF and my anniversary. hehehe



barefoot serpent  Monday Feb 26 10:57 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingswood View Post
Maybe the Guatemalans have discovered a new weapon of mass destruction.
some of these Central American sinkholes or cenotes have been linked to the impact crater of the asteroid that did in the dinosaurs:


from here


Trilby  Monday Feb 26 11:03 AM

Now its not a meaningless question
To ask if theyve been and gone
I remember a talk about north
Carolina and a strange, strange pond
You see the sides were like glass
In the thick of a forest without a road
And if any mans hands ever made that land
Then I think it wouldve showed



Kingswood  Monday Feb 26 07:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
Quote:
Quote:
I don't get it... Where did the 60,000cubic yards of dirt go?!?!?
Maybe the Guatemalans have discovered a new weapon of mass destruction.
I didn't know Guatemala is in Iraq!
I think my little joke went right over quite a few heads. "Mass" is also a noun that can be used interchangeably with "matter". A "weapon of mass destruction" could also be a fancy name for a disintegrator ray.


SPUCK  Tuesday Feb 27 05:41 AM

barefoot... Now that makes a helluva lot more sense to me... Then just a bad sewer.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 27 06:32 AM

That cavern could have been washing away for a long time before the roof caved in. The making of that cavern may of been what caused sewer problems not long before the cave in. It's amazing how much soil water can move in a short time. After all the Grand Canyon was carved out in just a couple years.



Wendalz  Thursday Mar 1 06:12 AM

After seeing that, I doubt I am going to use the phrase, "I wish the ground would open up a hole and let me jump in", when I am embarrassed again!
That is just...staggering!



Kingswood  Wednesday Mar 7 07:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
some of these Central American sinkholes or cenotes have been linked to the impact crater of the asteroid that did in the dinosaurs
So, 65 million years after the asteroid did in the dinosaurs, it is still wreaking havoc by doing in random animals ... including people.


SPUCK  Thursday Mar 8 05:26 AM

No those people were targeted!



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 8 05:58 AM

Yeah, Che lives!



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