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. Matthew

    How stupid can people be ,,, THAT IS NOT A SINKHOLE!

    It's LINED with BRICKS !!!! My guess, it's an old well !!!

    July 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schlangemann

      Copy that. Building codes anyone?

      July 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      ...what is shown is obviously above floor level. It is likely just a metal casing that they stuck in the hole that you're seeing the side of (which, yeah, does look to have a brick pattern to it). Stupid is an easy word to use, and greatly overused on these boards.

      July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      Oh Come On now! That's a cardboard saftey rail! So she wouldnt fall into the hole? LOL

      July 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. flex

    Passage to the Illuminati world

    July 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don

    it could be a a pharmaceutical factory!!

    July 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jarred

    show me one brick in that hole. tired of everyone getting on this site and acting like their IQ is so much larger than everyone elses'

    July 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schlangemann

      It is quite clearly lined with bricks. See the parallelepiped hole to the immediate left of the mans hand? A brick used to be there, I reckon. The concentric rings of light colored mortar, equally spaced, are also a bit of a clue.

      July 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • albatross

      You wouldn't know a brick if it... oh never mind.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Don

    "....where" I mean "methametaphine produced".

    July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      methamphetamine

      July 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. naitive

    Hi, Hi IQ, I wish i could show you a brick if you could come down near sinkhole!

    July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thatsMe

    It may be the passage way to North America.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Etaoin Shrdlu

    This is obviously the beginning of an invasion by the Mole People.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. handy

    Sink holes are never perfectly round and lined with bricks.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rxxdoc

    The dangers of dividing by Zero!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alec Smersh

    I think it s not so hard to see.
    The strory is real, but the photo is made up in lack of a real picture. And everybody is reprinting it, even in Europe.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Perfesser Firefly

    I'm thinking the only sinkholes in evidence are those between the ears of the commenters to this story.

    I'm just sayin'.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alec Smersh

    I think it is not so hard to see. The story is real but the photo is made up in lack of real picture. And everybody is reprinting it, even in Europe.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Perfesser Firefly

    And at the bottom of the sinkhole, they found....

    Barack Obama's REAL birth certificate, and it says RIGHT ON IT that he's the Antichrist.

    No, really.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. standingwave

    It's a hell hole.Call Buffy.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
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