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. michaelfury

    July 20, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. maxcichon

    That looks more like an abandoned well. it seems to be brick-lined.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Albro

      An abandoned well is EXACTLY what it is...but that doesn't make nearly as dramatic a headline.

      July 20, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. SillyBilly


    July 20, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • big John

      I agree, a picture of an abandoned well and it looks photo shopped. What did they do lay tile right onto the dirt? I don't see a house foundation, wood or concrete and nothing covering the well.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • George A

      its a third world country...

      July 20, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike_V

    have you ever seen a "sink hole" of which the inside is lined with neatly layered and cemented bricks? It looks like the floor was build over an old fashioned water well that was built earlier... but I might be wrong.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. rlms

    it's not brick lined. It's a corrugated steel tube.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      that's what I first thought, but looks like an optical illusion the way the light hits it and the tile of the floor.. but it really is brick

      July 20, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. David

    This is not sink hole, but rather an old well that was capped/covered and gave way.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. wendy5

    something about that picture looks phony

    July 20, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. lorec

    I would say, from how sharp and perfectly round the edges are of the opening, and how far down that technician is stooping "he is bent down at a 90 degree angle with wrist resting on its edge, it looks as if it is a tube sticking up out of the ground"

    July 20, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • eyeopener

      I get why you think he's bent over but he's actually laying on his side (probably so he doesn't fall in).

      July 20, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. metekamil

    It doesn't state that the photo is from the actual story but I guess we are left to assume it is. Probably it was made up to go with the story...

    July 20, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Weskey

      This picture is photoshopped for this story because CNN did not have an actual picture from the house. A brick-lined well under a floor with no foundation is not even plausible. CNN, please do better with images for stories. Many other 'news' providers have gotten exposed for using manipulated images; don't be like them.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. sarah

    wow that really looks funky and an old well that has been covered up for the last 100 years.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. YoYo

    Wow, I guess in Guatemala City the vinal floor tiles are placed right over the dirt?!? There is no cement slab or even floor boards. By the way who has vinal tile in the bedroom?!?!
    This is a fake Fake Fake...Very disappointing for a credidable news source like CNN. Brad Lenon should be fired or include a notes stating that the photo can not be autenticated......

    July 20, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • AKent

      Vinal tile is common in other areas of the world. It is inexpensive and washable.

      July 20, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    it looks funny because they would have cut the tile around the sink hole after it happened to investigate it.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. AKent

    NO! Everyone who is posting about the bricks, tubes and fake: That is a tube that is PLACED there to hold the sides while they study to determine depth, origins, etc. That is not what it looked like when it sank. Better journalism would have explained the photo to the reader.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • No

      A tube lined with dirt and old bricks & mortar?

      July 21, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. The 46th Pres

    I wonder if she has any ex-husbands missing

    July 20, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Trish

    Hey, would you guys visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life... thanks

    July 20, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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