A giant sinkhole has opened up in fields near the municipality of Santa María Zacatepec, Mexico. The now 100-meter-large (328 feet) and 20-meter-deep (66 feet) crater continues growing, alarming residents living in the area.
According to the first investigations, the large doline was caused by a geological fault – fracture or zone of fractures between two blocks of rock.
Officials describe the hole in the ground as “a matter of enormous risk.”
The crater began forming last Saturday. Being then no more than 5 meters (16 feet) in diameter, it grew to a freaking 60 meters (197 feet) in 24 hours. Now it is measuring a whopping 100 meters (328 feet) and still expanding…
➡ El gran Socavón en la localidad
en Santa María Zacatepec, Puebla
México. Vía: CDN 31M pic.twitter.com/UKU0wbKG2t
— Estación Altamira Caracas (@pluvaltamira) May 31, 2021
It is still unknown what fracturated the soil. Since heavy agriculture is taking place in this rural area near Puebla, the fissure may have been triggered by water extraction.
Meanwhile, a 500-meter (1640 feet) security fence has been installed around the sinkhole to prevent any death and injuries.
⚠️ Se socava un campo de cultivo en Santa María Zacatepec, perteneciente al municipio de Juan C. Bonilla, la zona se encuentra acordonada sin que hasta el momento haya más presencia de autoridades.
? @Jose_Castanares pic.twitter.com/luijgOJSqE
— Agencia Es Imagen (@EsImagen) May 30, 2021
Just three days before, on May 26th, a huge crack completely destroyed a 150-meter long portion of the Siglo XXI Highway near the town of Santa Casilda-Cuatro Caminos.
Both regions are separated by only 300 km (186 miles). The Earth is tearing apart in this part of the globe…
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