Disasters & Accidents

Giant central Mexico sinkhole now 97 meters in diameter

Puebla, Mexico, Jun 4 (EFE).- The great sinkhole that appeared almost a week ago in the central Mexican state of Puebla continued to grow Friday, reaching a diameter of 97 meters and a depth of 20 meters, according to local authorities.

Ten researchers from the National Polytechnic Institute arrived to work in coordination with the Environment Ministry to determine what caused this phenomenon.

One more house collapsed Friday because of the sinkhole. Owner Magdalena Xalamihua said she had not received government support since the sinkhole appeared Saturday.

“It hurts a lot because of the sacrifice, we went hungry. We are hurt from seeing the house collapse little by little,” she said.

The incident occurred Saturday in farmland in the Juan C. Bonilla municipality, just over 20 kilometers from Puebla capital, in an area where there are only a few small houses of the people cultivating the land.

The hole was initially five meters in diameter, but in just 24 hours it grew to 30 meters and has since kept stopped growing. EFE


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