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. Ray in Vegas

    Now ... I'm an atheist ... but even I would have to really think about it if a hole to hell opened up right under my bed! That would certainly give me pause.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Rainman minus the freak outs and a warm personality

      The Devil is an Atheist too. Who do you think Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, That Mormon guy, L.Ron Hubbard, and all the other ones are? They were made on purpose to make God look like a doochbag. It's like leading lemmings off a cliff.

      July 20, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      L. Ron Hubbard is Scientology dude, not Mormonism.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Orin

    Another photo on a different site. Not photoshopped.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. paul

    Its the Mole People coming to get her.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
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    July 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carlos

    That sink hole is almost perfectly circular, not really jagged. I dont believe this at all. PHOTOSHOPPED!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba

    Sinkholes are round, folks. Google sinkholes and click 'images.' It's a characteristic. Still can't tell what this #$^$ pic is supposed to be, though.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jessica

    Its a prison break hole!! lmaooooooo.this story is funny...

    July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve Tassio

    Interesting 'photo'. Would you believe people in Guatemala lay linoleum tile in their bedroom and directly on the dirt?

    July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spaceman

    Brilliant, now I don't even have to get out of bed to go to the loo !

    July 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crackface

    How does the sinkhole open all the way to the top of the floor. Bizarre.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Morris

    Um...This isn't a sink hole. They aren't noted for being brick lined and having drain pipes. Looks to me like someone bedroom addition was over a well and the cap collapsed.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dandan

    This is obviously photoshopped. Im an expert in photoshop and this is poorly done. Good job CNN tom try to tell a false story. Got nothing better to do, but creat tabloids.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      You're not much of an expert then, if you think it was photoshopped. There are other pictures from different angles.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jonny

    do sink hole have a brick wall lining around them , it looks more like a well ,

    July 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mejazzbo


    July 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    Just be thankful...extra storage space in the house.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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