Deep sinkhole opens under woman's bed
The sinkhole under a Guatemalan woman's bed is about 40 feet deep.
July 20th, 2011
07:34 AM ET

Deep sinkhole opens under woman's bed

The first step out of bed could have been a big one.

A woman in Guatemala City reports that a sinkhole, 40 feet deep and almost 3 feet across, opened under her bed Monday.

"When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there had been a crash on the street," Inocenta Hernandez, 65, said in an Agence France-Presse report.

"We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed," AFP quotes Hernandez as saying.

The area is prone to sinkholes.

In May 2010, a sinkhole about 60 feet across and 100 feet deep opened in the area, swallowing buildings and an intersection.

In 2007, another sinkhole claimed three lives in Barrio San Antonio in Guatemala City.

Hernandez told AFP that she is thankful the surprise under her bed wasn't any bigger.

"Thank God there are only material damages, because my grandchildren were running around the house, into that room and out to the patio," AFP quoted her as saying.

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  1. Lynn1234

    I smell an "Onion"

    August 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Niki

    I have never used a photoshop program before, but I think I could have done a better job here.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. maria

    That story lost all credibility with such a horribly photoCHOPPED photo.

    August 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Well, at least your passive-aggressiveness and spelling mistake has placed the world back on its normal course.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Beeston

    I would not be surprised at all to have it confirmed that this shot is real. Sinkholes often look 'fake' in photographs. The way in which the tiles snapped along the curve of the hole is related to the 40 feet of cylindrical displacement. It doesn't just fall away. It's violently sucked downwards.

    August 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John

    People, it's not a sinkhole, it's a well. Hasn't any noticed the brick walls. Sink holes don't come prebuilt with brick walls!

    August 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim

      Yeah, I kinda noticed that too...probably just cemented over when the house was built.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. horse->fox->fish

    Has anyone thought this might be a black hole? Could easily explain the nicely cut off tile edges.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kellyons

    Floor tile laid at ground level, no flooring or concrete, nothing, just tile. I,m not sure who,s taking the lead on wasting our time here,CNN or AFP.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. nelson

    very fake. someone took a picture of a well and photoshoped a floor. forgot to put the floor filling under the tiles ha hahaha. Clearly you can count the bricks used to reinforce the sides of the well.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
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