OT: Guatemala Sinkhole

Submitted by UMfan21 on June 1st, 2010 at 3:15 AM

Have you guys seen the photos?  They are so surreal it looks photoshopped.  I can't wait to hear what the depth is...I guess the last sinkhole there was over 330 feet deep which (I believe) is approximately a 33 story building.  This one looks like it goes directly to the center of the earth.





June 1st, 2010 at 8:43 AM ^

... is that there is no fence around the thing; there must not be many plaintiffs' lawyers in Guatemala.  The overhead view looks photoshopped, but who knows...  

Street Level



June 1st, 2010 at 8:46 AM ^

Central America is a region that is a karst landscape, it could very well be real. There are existing holes in the ground that the Azetecs and other pre-Columbian societies viewed as gateways to the underworld...looking at that I can see why.

Mr. Robot

June 1st, 2010 at 11:15 AM ^

They aren't shopped. A quick query to Google News produces multiple reports that this is indeed real, caused by flooding from Topical Storm Agatha.

This is really sad for me. I was just in Guatemala a little under a year ago on a mission trip, so to see the country hammered by a tropical storm and a volcano at the same time is really sad, especially if its causing stuff like that sinkhole.

At least a guy I know from Guatemala decided to stay in Ann Arbor this summer. He seems to have picked the right summer not to go home...


June 1st, 2010 at 12:51 PM ^

The news I believe, and it is indeed sad.  However, I think both pictures look eerily video-gamish, and the lack of other substantiating photos (CNN.com is running the same two) leads me to believe that they are at the very least embellished. With apologies to those who dislike analogy in all of its forms and to those who strew their feelings on the floor so that they may be more eaisly trod upon, the back to back nature of these calamities bears some similarity to 08 and 09.


June 1st, 2010 at 1:06 PM ^

We're a bit desensitized these days.  A gaping hole in the street with bits of a building showing in the mud at the bottom might not get through to everybody that this is truly catastrophic.  In order for some to be stimulated to shock, horror, or any other elevated sense of emotion, the pit has to be bottomless.  It's similar to a recruit needing to be OMG Shirtless! (or at least OMG Half-shirt!) in order for us to believe he'll be a star D 1 football player.


June 1st, 2010 at 5:18 PM ^

I'm still skeptical that they're 100% real.  They just strike me as partially computer generated.  Maybe it's the regular roundness of the hole, maybe the way the lighting is on the descending sides - I can't put my finger on it for sure.  I'm sure if it's a hoax, there'll be some sorry folks, and if it isn't I'll feel a little silly.


June 1st, 2010 at 7:22 PM ^

Other than the reason of "WTF doesn't look real".. take a look at where the gradient completely cuts off at the bottom...it's not a smooth transition but it goes from 7% opacity to 0% instantly, if you can follow that.  However, a wider area opening up would explain why it looks like that.


June 1st, 2010 at 11:19 AM ^

They don't declare a "state of emergency" there...they declare a "state of calamity." I know that's just a translation thing, but it seems entirely appropriate.