The Earth has swallowed up approximately 70,000 square feet of Mexican farmland.
A sinkhole measuring about 300 feet in diameter opened in Puebla state in Santa Maria Zacatepec on Saturday, according to local reports.
The massive cavity grew after initially appearing about 15 feet in diameter, and has grown rapidly since then, said Puebla’s environmental secretary Beatriz Manrique.
Civil engineers from the state and various other agencies have visited the site since last weekend. They estimated the hole, now filled with groundwater, to be about 60 feet deep.
Authorities asked residents not to go near the mouth.
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A house near the site was also evacuated until investigators found the area safe. Owners Magdalena and Heriberto Sánchez reported hearing a thunderous noise before they found the gigantic pit.
“At 6 o’clock we heard thunder and we didn’t think that was it, then my in-laws realized it and when I approached I saw that the earth was sinking and that the ‘water was bubbling and I panicked, ”said Magdalena. El Sol de México, according to Newsweek’s English report on Tuesday.
“We have nothing. We are not from here. We have no parents. We are alone,” Heriberto, from Veracruz state, told local media, Agence France reported. -Hurry.
Magdalena and Heriberto have since revealed that they will not be able to return as their home is on the verge of collapsing in the crater, according to a follow-up report released on Wednesday in El Sol de México.
“The authorities haven’t told us anything, but we see that our house is at the bottom of the abyss,” Magdalena said. “We are very sad because we built our house with a lot of effort, sacrifice. We succeeded, but it happened.”
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Locals believe that the farmland was actually established on what was once a large pond, called “jagüey”.
“Long ago there was a jagüey there, but we don’t know why they covered it up, but we think the water struggled to regain its space and that’s why it appeared, “a resident told TV Azteca.
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However, environmental authorities have also speculated that the incident could be linked to the Alto Atoyac sub-basin, which is part of the Balsas River basin network that spans several states in central Mexico. The extraction of aquifers may have led to a “softening” of the soil over time, Manrique said.
“It is a matter of enormous risk,” Puebla governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta said at a press conference on Monday.
“I tell the Poblanos and the inhabitants of the region that we are going to be aware that there are no human tragedies. It is a geological fault which must be treated with great care, with technique and with all precautions. and we do, “he said.
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