The unusual natural event that occurred last Saturday in a field in the Santa Maria Zacatepec region of the Mexican state of Puebla almost caused horror to the locals.
The giant pit, 91 meters wide and nearly 20 meters deep, suddenly appeared on Saturday and has continued to expand and grow ever since.
In footage of the event reflected on camera, large chunks of dirt from the ground were seen to be shattered with a large crack and eyewitnesses who witnessed the situation began to scream.
As homes near the crime scene are evacuated until further notice, authorities are asking citizens to stay away from the area.
A woman named Magdalena Sánchez, who lives in the area, told the local press that “we heard a very loud sound, like thunder, and a crack opened in the ground.” he said in his words. Sánchez describes what he went through at that time saying: “I was in a great panic and I fled.
The possibility that the resulting giant sinkhole had started to engulf neighboring houses has made locals wait with fear.
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According to Mexican officials, the reason for the formation of the sinkhole could be a ruptured geological fault. Because there is the Altayac fault in the region and the soil is quite “wet and loose”. However, environmentalists living in the region claim that the sinkhole is caused by overuse of “aquifers”.
Aquifers are permeable geological units that can store and transport economically significant amounts of water quickly enough. While aquifers are used to hold and remove groundwater, they can soften the layer of soil above them and cause it to collapse.
According to some residents, there was a lake in the past in the area where the incident took place.
As the sinkhole continues to grow tens of meters each day, there is concern that it will engulf the residential neighborhoods around it.
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The Sanchez family, who live a few feet from the sinkhole, report that on Saturday night they heard a lightning-like noise and jumped out of their home and were shocked when they saw a giant hole in the ground next to their house.
While the investigation into the incident is open, authorities say it may take more than a month for the soil test to be completed and the cause of the sinkhole to be determined.