Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sink Hole In Guatemala

No, your eyes haven't deceived you. By now we're certain you've seen the photo of the enormous sinkhole in Guatemala City, and though some might have thought it was the work of an avid fan of Photoshop -- sadly it's not fake.

As the death toll from Tropical Storm Agatha was raised to at least 179 people across Central America, the massive sinkhole in question caused by rains from the storm swallowed a three-story clothing factory and left one man missing.

The seemingly never ending hole appears to be about 200 feet deep, according to numerous reports. You can see a fascinating, but nauseating high-resolution shot here.

Agatha, the first named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, crashed into Guatemala on Saturday, dumping more than 3 feet of rain in the mountainous western part of the country and in neighboring El Salvador.

Officials in Guatemala have reported 152 dead, but said about 100 people were still missing. In a nearby province west of Guatemala City, at least 60 were killed in the aftermath of the storm. Read more here.

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy


Photo: A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City on Monday. Credit: Reuters

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