Guatemala sinkhole

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Woman Discovers 40-Foot Sinkhole Under Bed

She heard a loud boom, and then...

(Newser) - This makes monsters under the bed sound tame: A woman in Guatemala City heard a loud noise on Monday and tracked down the source—a 40-foot-deep sinkhole under her bed. "When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there... More »

Other Natural Disasters as Weird as the Sinkhole

Fire tornadoes, asteroid strikes and more

(Newser) - As the sinkhole that swallowed a three-story building in Guatemala Monday demonstrated, natural disasters can be really weird. The Daily Beast runs through some of the strangest natural catastrophes on record:
  • The poisonous cloud: In 1986 in Cameroon, 1,700 people and 3,500 animals mysteriously dropped dead simultaneously. Scientists
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What Do You Do With a Gargantuan Sinkhole?

Geologists split on causes of Guatemala pit

(Newser) - For a small sinkhole in your yard, experts recommend dropping solid material to the bottom and filling it with soil. For a giant sinkhole in your city, experts are flummoxed. Geologists aren't sure why a mammoth sinkhole that ate a three-story building opened up in downtown Guatemala City, and they... More »

145 Killed in Central America Storm

Guatemala sinkhole swallows 3-story building

(Newser) - The first tropical storm of the season has claimed 145 lives and officials fear many more people have been buried by landslides in remote parts of Central America. In Guatemala, the hardest-hit country, at least 120 people were killed by tropical storm Agatha and its aftermath, including a man who... More »

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