Huge sinkhole in central Mexico threatens to swallow home

But they soon discovered the floor had dropped only metres from their home in a field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, a rural region of central Mexico.

Huge sinkhole in central Mexico threatens to swallow home

But they soon discovered the floor had dropped only metres from their home in a field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, a rural region of central Mexico.

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02 June 2021 Wednesday 05:17
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Huge sinkhole in central Mexico threatens to swallow home

The giant sinkhole, that is enlarging by heaps of metres each day, reached about 30 metres wide by Sunday.

It climbed to 60 metres on Monday and around 80 metres on Tuesday, authorities said, coming dangerously close to the house of the Sanchez family, that fear they'll be left homeless.

"We've got nothing. We're not from here. We have no relatives. We're alone," Heriberto Sanchez, initially in the south-west state of Veracruz, informed the press.

Researchers and governments were contemplating hypotheses such as a geological fault or variations in the soil's water content as the probable causes.

Since the sinkhole has grown, large chunks of earth have always broken away from the rim, scaring off onlookers approaching a security cordon set up by the police.

In a video posted on social networking, two men were spotted approaching the hole soon before it expanded unexpectedly, forcing them to run to safety.

"It'll grow until nature determines, when the water stops exerting pressure," Puebla state governor Miguel Barbosa stated.

"The important thing is public safety."

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tehseenuos 2021-06-02 20:06:48

A huge sinkhole some 60 meters in diameter has appeared in farmer's fields in central Mexico, threatening to swallow a nearby house.

The sinkhole is situated in Santa María Zacatepec, Puebla state, and is around 20 meters deep, said state governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta at a press conference Monday.

Barbosa said the family that lives close to the sinkhole has been evacuated. No one has been injured so far, but the government News Live warned local residents to stay away from the area.

The sinkhole measured five meters in diameter when it first appeared then grew quickly in just a few hours, according to Beatriz Manrique, environmental secretary for the Mexico region.