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Great Guatemalan Sinkhole - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City has had experience with sinkholes before: In 2007, three people and a dozen homes here suddenly disappeared into the earth. But no one was prepared for anything like this.

On Sunday, May 30, 2010, an enormous hole, 60 feet wide and 30 stories deep, opened up in the middle of Guatemala City, swallowing a three-story building, a home, and local reports claimed that one man was killed when the building was swallowed.

How can the earth just open up like that? Keep reading the Great Guatemalan Sinkhole on Atlas Obscura…