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. David

    Come on people....it's not a rope, it's a tape measure!

    July 20, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Annatala Wolf

    That's not a sinkhole. That's a well. The bricks in it are arranged in a circular pattern around the edge of it. I don't know if the picture is wrong, or if they call wells "sinkholes" in Guatemala, but that is most definitely a picture of a man-made well.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BigRedEO

      Now on THAT count, you may be right. It could very well be that the home was built over a long abandoned well that no one knew was there at the time the house was built.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    I have never seen a tile floor laid out on the ground like that before. No floor boards, supports, or joists.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      I think it is cemented / hardened tile... They are placed on a layer to cemented layer...

      July 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      I bet it isn't tile, since the edges wouldn't look like that, I wonder if the the floor is just a thin layer of concrete painted to resemble tile.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynette

    this doesn't look real–not the shape of the hole, but the edge up against the floor. it looks like a photoshop rookie placed it there without cleaning up the edges.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. SeriouslyPeople?

    Really? Does it say ANYWHERE that the photo at the top is an actual photo of the sinkhole? The photo is very much photoshopped, there's no argument to the contrary. Did anyone notice that the guy in the photo is measuring the depth using a TAPE MEASURE?? Also, for those of you arguing that they rounded the edges of the hole afterward, what reason would they have to round them? Or drop a rope in? This photo was just something a graphics intern threw together to put at the top of the artcle. Just because the photo at the top is bogus doesn't mean a sink hole didn't open under some poor woman's bed, nor does the photo at the top always have to be photographic evidence of anything in the article.

    I can't believe that photo garnered so much arguing

    July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      So why the picture of a well in a story about a sink hole?

      July 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • devil advocate

      You can't believe it...but you jumped in w/ your two cents. Hmmmm

      July 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • SeriouslyPeople?

      Devil-

      It's a slow day at work. Commenting on articles is all I have today.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Meandwhatarmy*

      This is the news. If you don't have a picture, don't show a picture.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • devils advocate

      Ok. But here's some food for thought...and I work for a site recontruction team (SRT):
      1) They cleaned up the hole (common on any job site...you clear the area to work, even if that isn't the case who cares why?)...so that clears up why the tile is rounded.
      2) The 'hole' is brick lined. This appears to be an old well that was covered over when the house was built.
      3) The lighting may not be photo-shopped. If the light is placed into the hole, slightly below the tile you would not see a galre on the tile. The light on the person in the picture is consistant w/ the light from the top of the bulb shining 'up' out of the hole (since there is no cover over the top of the light).
      4) This is no sink hole.
      5) If you look inside the hole to the right...there is a shadow fo the measuring tape that is consistent. If photo-shopped than someone from Pixar has too much free time...because that would be a well thought out shop.

      On a lighter note...with her bed positioned over the hole...I wonder what vibrations caused the "well" to drop?

      1) They cleaned up the hole (common on any job site...you clear the area to work, even if that isn't the case who cares why?)...so that clears up why the tile is rounded.
      2) The 'hole' is brick lined. This appears to be an old well that was covered over when the house was built.
      3) The lighting may not be photo-shopped. If the light is placed into the hole, slightly below the tile you would not see a galre on the tile. The light on the person in the picture is consistant w/ the light from the top of the bulb shining 'up' out of the hole (since there is no cover over the top of the light).
      4) This is no sink hole.
      5) If you look inside the hole to the right...there is a shadow fo the measuring tape that is consistent. If photo-shopped than someone from Pixar has too much free time...because that would be a well thought out shop.

      On a lighter note...with her bed positioned over the hole...I wonder what vibrations caused the "well" to drop?

      July 20, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • sleepytime

      It's a real hole, not something created in Photoshop. Do a google image search on it and you'll find other photos taken from different angles.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. shaylou

    idk if its fake or not i bet the only way to find out is visit the old lady and ask her to see the hole yourself if its so much concern to everbody

    July 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • @SHAYLOU

      "Excuse me lady, can I see your hole?"

      July 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. BigRedEO

    Or – perhaps the people shown investigating the hole have cut away at the jagged edges that were left behind so they could better investigate what was going on? (geez, some people's kids...)

    July 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    (takes off sunglasses)

    Looks like the husband took his wife's request for a late night jackhammer a little too seriously...

    Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaa

    July 20, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. devil advocate

    1) They cleaned up the hole...so that clears up why the tile is rounded.
    2) The 'hole' is brick lined. This appears to be an old well that was covered over when the house was built.
    3) The lighting may not be photo-shopped. If the light is placed into the hole, slightly below the tile you would not see a galre on the tile. The light on the person in the picture is consistant w/ the light from the top of the bulb shining 'up' out of the hole (since there is no cover over the top of the light).
    4) This is no sink hole.
    On a lighter note...with her bed positioned over the hole...I wonder what vibrations caused the "well" to drop?

    July 20, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • devils advocate

      if you look inside the hole to the right...there is a shadow fo the measuring tape that is consistent. If photo-shopped than someone from Pixar has too much free time...because that would be a well thought out shop.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. petercha

    Thank God nobody got hurt.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Glenn

    This is CRAP. It's a drug running tunnel. When have you ever seen vinyl floor tiles collapse with a smooth, almost-perfect circular edge before? That hole has tracings of an auger machine... look at the tracks on the wall. C'mon.... DRUG RUNNERS, I tell ya~!!

    July 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Yes, they were trying to "run drugs" to the center of the earth. That's why it goes straight down.

      Sheesh.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jimmy

    That picture seems to show bricks in it. That sort of indicates there was some sort of structure there, and it was torn down to build the woman's house there. But, it was improperly covered over and gave way.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. iago

    yeah...something about that picture doesn't look right. Almost looks Photoshopped.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Meandwhatarmy*

    Totally fake. CNN just got taken. Perfectly round sinkhole with auger marks gouged into the sides?! Come on!

    July 20, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chribos

    People...the light is inside the hole, below the level of the floor. It can't light up the tiles. And tiles breaking over an existing well would not create the loud boom that was reported...a falling column of rock would do that. Also, look at the link within the article about the 60 foot diameter sinkhole...also round. Pretty sure that one wasn't a well.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Chribos

      Or, it was the Silver Surfer drilling holes to the planet's core.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
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