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June 01 2010


...I hope that this is a terrible hoax... /'s not Photshopped or otherwise hoaxed...


Anon • #6 • 2:36 PM Monday, May 31, 2010 • Reply

I hope that this is a terrible hoax. It seems somewhat contrived to me. I feel for the people in Guatemala.

Xeni Jardin replied to comment from willy#7 • 2:40 PM Monday, May 31, 2010 • Reply

@willy and others:

1) it's not Photshopped or otherwise hoaxed
2) This is not a photo from 2007.

The phenomenon of "hundimientos," or rain-flooded earth during disaster-level storms just opening up and swallowing roads and buildings, is something endemic to Guatemala because of the local geology. I'm not a geologist, but I've spent a lot of time there. There's a lot of limestone, urban development on top of what used to be cave systems, lots of volcanoes, etc. So this does happen. If any geologists are reading this and have time to explain some of the science, that would be great. But yeah, it happens.

Here is a related news report from today in Prensa Libre (Spanish). Here's another in La Hora. Not sure who took these photos, but more here.

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