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. Piporou

    Escape route of the El Cucuy...

    July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Logan

    Its a photoshopped pictures people, seriously come on lol.....

    July 20, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      What makes you think it's photoshopped? It's clear that the light source is below the opening of the hole, which explains the "fake" look, and the person holding the tape measure is clearly lying on the floor.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      I've seen pictures from other angles on other news sources. It is not photoshopped. Please change your tinfoil. It is not properly keeping the conspiracy voices out of your head.

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

    1) They cleaned up the hole (common on any job clear the area to work, even if that isn't the case who cares why?) 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 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mildeus

    You funny people full of knowledge

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

      They must all be photoshopped! Look at how perfectly round some of the bigger one's look. LOL

      July 20, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hmmm

    Her floor looks like a chess board. That sink hole is a sign... I could say something dirty, but I will spare you.

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

    I think it's pretty funny when some people are so sure it's a photoshop job, when it's probably a real picture. Sometimes the real world looks strange! Look at the light source. It's below the lip of the 'well' (I do think it's a manmade well). That light is backlighting the edge of the well, which is why the edge is glowing. This halo effect is very common in the real world. If someone was trying to fake the photo, they would have probably left it out! All the shadows on the person are also in the right places. If it's a photoshop job, then it's one of the best ones I've ever seen, not one of the worst.

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

    Another image:

    Just google 'sinkhole bed' on Google Images, or just sinkhole for fun.

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

      That must also be photoshopped. LOL

      July 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jen

    looks to me like it's not photoshopped however it doesn't look like a sink hole. looks like an old well that was built over. it's too perfectly round.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. zethreal

    Here's a picture of another Guatemalan "sinkhole". Notice how it has smooth edges that just go (approximately) straight down. I'd actually be willing to believe that this new sinkhole is just a smaller version of that large one.. These strangely shaped (in that they're very round & deep shafts like tubes) have been happening in Guatemala for quite some time. More literature on these sinkholes:

    July 20, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bubba

    The picture is bad, but those aren't bricks. Looks more like layers of sediment, which is consistent with a sinkhole. Water seeps in between the layers and dissolves the limestone. I suspect someone's photoshopped that pic trying to make it better and wrecked it instead.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. hingedlwnb

    See? This is what happens when one tries the "jackhammer" position without first consulting a geologist.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ralpho

    As you can see from the brickwork, it's a manmade circular structure, not a natural sinkhole. Could be an abandoned well.

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

    Different view and person inspecting the same exact hole. Go to:

    July 20, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This was not faked.
    I have been led to believe that the hole under the bed is a sign from one of our deities, perhaps Pluto.
    More informatiom will follow as Feda brings apports and materializations.
    Hi, CS.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sun of Jupiter

      Pluto was sent off to the Phantom Zone for being too unruly.. Well first we stoned him with some Oort cloud rocks then we banished him. That will teach him to stay in like like the rest of us.

      July 20, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. EL

    Now my first impression of this hole was that there was some sort of "wall" for lack of a better term around it and the person looking in was actually standing up. I thought it looked like an old piece of linoleum was curled circular and placed inside the top of the hole – kind of like a barrier marking the edge. The part that people are saying is brick is actually the bottom of the curled linoleum barroer with glue and dirt stuck to it – maybe the piece was originally laid over a brick floor – thus the pattern on it. That is why you aren't seeing light shining on the checkerboard tile. The light is actually attached to or shining over that barrier. I don't think you are seeing the actual inside of the hole – only the inside of the barrier. Just my perspective on the matter. 🙂

    July 20, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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