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. juan garcia

    If they can afford good vinyl tile we should not be sending them aid. They are like the peoples of Somalia. Pretending to be poor when they have everything.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • guellermo

      the picture shows a brick lined well

      July 20, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It does indeed look brick-lined, and it looks like a well. Whatever it is, it surely doesn't look like a sinkhole.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • kathleen

      So , are you being dumb for entertainment or because that is your real self ?

      July 20, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      guellermo– I agree. Looks like they built the house with no foundation right over the old well.. Oh well...

      July 20, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Congratulations, that's the most ignorant thing I've read in days.Seriously? Are you for real?

      July 20, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Seriously? The people of Somalia "have everything"? Dude, you are seriously deluded.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • rom smith


      If you use use an ounce of common sense you would think after seeing a worker there they probably cut the hole with tools to clear broken tile to inspect the hole. I am not saying the photo is real I am just asking people to think.... Everyone is saying holes dont open in circles like that. Well yes they do. The layers you see that look like tile are really layers of earth. The only thing I know from this pic is I would never live there. Wow.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • puprplepuppy

      That is not a brick lined well. I examined the photo closely and it is just the layers of dirt, the white appears to be shell.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Are they all faked

      So is this one also a fake? Are all pictures of sinkholes fakes because this one sure looks a lot like the one in the picture. Here is another view of the one from the home. Both of these links are available from within the article if anyone had bothered to look. Just saying.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    I lay tile for a living and when tile breaks it breaks jagged. This tile has been cut with a tile cutter it is TOO perfectly round as is the hole. THE hole did NOT just open on its on, that was there all along as the tile is proof

    July 20, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Don't be a silly git; the obviously smoothed out the rim of the hole. Or do you think it's wise to run rope over a jagged edge..? That photo is NOT from just after it happened, I doubt they had lights and ropes handy -.-' . Insta-judgment by those NOT on the scene is doomed to failure.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Jack – you win. Bozobub is just plain dumb.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ummm

      ahahahah....they better clena those jagged edges so they can place the MEASURING TAPE down the hole...derrr

      July 25, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fupped Duck

    This is a bogus piece. You expect us to believe a perfectly circular hole like that is not photo shopped? I faaart in your general direction!!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Sorry, you're completely wrong. Or did you not notice the rope and lights set up in the hole? Do YOU think it's wise to run rope over a jagged edge? Or to walk around the edge, not knowing where the hole actually starts..? If not, then silence, please.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      I have to say, I agree that they may have cleaned up the edges so the rope wouldn't cut on jagged edges. But, I've also gotta say this thing looks badly photoshopped. Look at the lighting. Do you notice how there is no fade in the amount of light on the floor? Also, with the amount that the person is lit up, I would expect to see the floor a lot better as well. Definitely a fake.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Well, this one is for the books. Never seen a PERFECTLY round sink hole before. Exactly 3 foot in diameter. Sounds like BS to me.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. cWhatsNew

    CNN Writer: Please at least indicate in which country and which state ythe city Guatemala City is.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • kleentx

      Are you serious? GUATEMALA City is in the country of GUATEMALA in Central America!

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


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

      Is in the State of Anemia, Republic of Sandalia

      July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Why does it look like a tunnel lined with bricks?

    July 20, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      It 's a durg courrier tunnel. No drogas!

      July 20, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. patruns

    Looks like a well to me.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alan

    This has to be an old well that was covered up many years ago and forgotten about. Look at the brick lining the circular hole and it is mortar'd. This is either a fake or like I said a forgotten well.

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

    Clearly, they need to rethink the mining of groundwater in Guatamala City.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. scepticalsammie

    This looks like a well to me. Look at the photo – it looks like the walls of the 'hole' are brick.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. CSnSC

    Wow, so many possible jokes from the headline alone ! What, no one ? Come on people, CNN is begging for it.

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

    It isn't a well. That is what sinkholes look like in Guatamala City.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wes

    Seriously people, stop saying this story is fake because the hole is perfectly round. THEY ROUNDED IT AFTER IT HAPPENED. What's so hard to understand about that? They're trying to lower a rope and lights into a hole, you don't do that on sharp edges. It's OBVIOUS that they rounded it off and smoothed it out. Jesus people are dumb sometimes.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedNetizen

      I doubt they would round out a sinkhole. the vibrations from sawing alone would probably damage it more. You fill in sink holes, and even so... why would you not have/take/use a picture from BEFORE the rounding? This just looks silly..

      July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lars

    This photo has been altered–no question about it. The "hole," and the little bits of debris at the top edge of the hole as well as the man, appear to be "floating" above the tile work because of the fact that the light from the hole is not falling onto the tiles at all.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • deck

      think people athough i agree the hole is too perfact. the light is lower than the floor therefor canot shine on the floor . hello

      July 20, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. I doubt

    that photo is the actual sink hole in being repoprted on.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
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