Massive sinkhole in Puebla continues to expand, now at 110 m (360 feet), Mexico

Massive sinkhole in Puebla continues to expand, now at 110 m (360 feet), Mexico

The enormous sinkhole in Puebla State, southeastern Mexico, has grown to 110 m (360 feet) in diameter as of Monday, June 7, 2021, prompting authorities to widen the security perimeter. The hole has already destroyed a nearby house's bedroom and part of a wall and is threatening to swallow the entire structure as continues to expand.

The sinkhole appeared in Santa María Zacatepec, in the town of Juan C. Bonilla, and is confirmed to be 9 m (30 feet) deep. It measured 80 m (262 feet) in diameter on May 29 and has grown rapidly ever since.

As of Monday, the sinkhole has grown another 13 m (43 feet), now measuring 110 m (360 feet) across at its widest point. 

The Sánchez Xalamihua family, who owns the home near the sinkhole, said they heard a loud boom the day the sinkhole appeared.

"We heard something like a rumbling," Magdalena Xalamihua, the matriarch, told the media. "We thought it was fireworks, but we looked outside and saw the earth moving and water coming up, like waves. We ran."

She and her husband, along with their two children, had only just moved into the house in 2020. 

According to local media, Puebla State Governor Miguel Barbosa had not visited Zacatepec but admitted that the situation is a "matter of enormous risk," assuring that the government will remain vigilant to prevent further tragedy.

"It’s a geological fault that must be treated with the utmost caution, technically and with all preventive measures in place," stated Barbosa.

A team of geologists from the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla is working on a report to study the event, which authorities hope could be ready by the end of June.

Delfino Hernández, a geological engineer at the Geological Hazards Laboratory of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Autonomous University, along with his team, is set to arrive in the area on the weekend to examine the sinkhole.

"These faults are already present within the soil. They may have existed for 5 000 to 10 000 years before being reactivated," he said.

"It just needs nature to provide the impact so that they appear on the surface. This phenomenon, as far as I can see, was going to happen sooner or later."

Featured image credit: National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Government of Mexico


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Comments

Denver 5 months ago

look at a google map satellite view of florida. see all the round lakes. note that almost all the lakes are round. all the lakes in florida are sink holes. carry on.

Ziw (@Denver) 5 months ago

Yep, the area you mention is quite similar to Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Once these areas full of water. The area of the sinkhole in Puebla is part of the Mexican Volcanic belt that crosses the country. Under, there are holes, caves and a lot runs. Still this one needs more and serious research.

Gordon and Karin 5 months ago

This is all pat of the end times scenario, the rapture and the 7year Tribulation are right around the corner, please get rapture ready, people: accept JESUS CHRIST as your personal Lord and Savior today!!! Study biblical end times prophecy, listen to Dr Ron Rhodes on end times chronolgy

Dan grey 5 months ago

The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand.or so I have read!

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