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. skeptic

    Am I the only one who thinks this photo looks fake?

    July 21, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • r


      July 21, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      No, plenty of other morons here crying "fake" and "photoshopped"...

      July 22, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Derek

    It does look shopped, poorly at that

    July 21, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    There is brick in that hole. This isn't a sink hole. We call that an abandoned well around these parts.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. sideofbacon

    not to be confused with the giant sinkhole in her bed...
    /like throwing a hotdog down a hallway

    July 21, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kimberly Nichols

    Oh that s real funny Cliff real funny at Universal Studios. I suggest a under water adventure ride to soothe a white shark mood at your local parks. You may be at Procot and Gamble eating Peanut Butter and Jelly at SMuckers.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Abandoned well is the first thing that makes any sense but even that doesn't explain the perfectly cut tile. If an old well had broken through the tile would have broken jaggedly and with the grout lines. That hole was cut. This story is BS. Come on CNN I expect this kind of reporting from the Enquirer.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • my mother said

      maybe that's linoleum flooring.

      July 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    THIS IS A WELL...just look at the bricks surrounding it in a perfect circle, and obviously photoshopped. Too bad CNN is too stupid to link this on their main page...IDIOTS:P

    July 21, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    No body goes to the trouble to make a perfectly round hole just to shine a light or lower a rope. You through an edge protector over it and go. Or, would you build a deck to plunge out your toilet?

    July 21, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Throw not through/

      July 21, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah

    You morons with everything being photoshopped. Just because some copyright violators can download it, does not mean they have the knowledge to apply it to photograph and make it look real. The sinkhole is as real as the neurons not firing in your brains. See another sinkhole in the same area from last year.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Well said Sarah. This one is real, it's not a well, those aren't bricks. The Guate City sinkholes of 2010 and 2007 were also real–I've been there.

      Must be sad to know so little of the world that all you can do is sit around and say everything you don't understand is fake...

      July 22, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Who lays a floor right on the ground, there's no sub, no poured concrete floor or joists or 2 x 4's....tile is on the ground. It's fake!

    July 21, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Smith

      I can sort of agree with you as to it being a fake, but I just wanted to say that I have seen some of those other countries, being poor, can only afford to put up 4 wood walls and have dirt for a floor. She may be in an upper class being able to afford tile on th dirt floor.

      July 21, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. CJ

    While the pic looks fake, the sinkhole actually is real. They cut an opening to the chasm so they could better investigate it, which is why it looks perfectly round. And Guatemala is a poor country where they tend to build directly on the ground; if a home has a foundation, it's shaky at best.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark Herwig

    It's an old well, you can see the brick lining the walls.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Devan

    Those may be natural striations in the dirt. I can't locate any vertical mortar lines that would identify individual bricks. I think if the floor tiles were made of an extremely crumbly material, and based on the physics of sinkholes, a near perfectly round opening is possible. Either way after looking at the photos of the 2010 one I would get outta there pronto...

    July 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    Any idiot can see from the two pictures that there is a pipe coming out on side and the hole is lined with bricks. It's either and old well or a septic tank. Either one can build up gas and explode. The floor is not even built up over the bricks, it's like there was a manhole cover under the tile or something. Some people just want their 5 minutes of fame.

    July 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. a guy

    Well at least now she has a place to put the kids when they've been bad .

    July 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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