Just when you thought you had a handle on all possible natural disasters, another boldly claimed some Real Estate.
Just days after Volcano Pacaya erupted 25 miles south of Guatemala City, tropical storm Agatha drenched the South American nation, leaving significant damage and over 100 reported deaths in her wake. With the fear of flooding, volcanic ash and mudslides, no one expected the phenomenon that was to follow.
A giant sinkhole gave way in a populated area of the capital city, completely swallowing what has been reported as a three-story building.
Sinkholes are quite common in this world region–a region known for its underground water sources, caves and rivers. Officials believe the 36-plus inches of rain left in the region by Agatha to be the cause of the enormous, 200 ft. sinkhole, but have stated an investigation would follow, once order had been restored.
Thousands have been evacuated from the capital city in the days following the storm, but according to witnesses, there was as least one man who was in the building which was swallowed by the sinkhole.
It looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie. The sink hole is almost perfectly round, and gives way to an extremely large chamber or cave below–resembling a bottomless pit. Guatemala is just another in a long line of recent natural disasters, and what seems to be increased geologic activity. The possibility of subsequent earthquakes and tremors due to Pacaya, has become yet another concern in the wake of Agatha.