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When Inocenta Hernandez awoke to the sound of a massive explosion, she immediately ran outside — but soon discovered, much to her horror, that the freakish sound had originated inside her home. 

 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,” Hernandez said. “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. Thank God there are only material damages, because my grandchildren were running around the house, into that room and out to the patio”.

Guatemala City is built on volcanic deposits and especially prone to sinkholes, which are often blamed on leaky sewers or on heavy rain, The Guardian is reporting. Last year, a 60-foot-wide sinkhole swallowed a three-story building and nearby house.

OTHER REPORTED SINKHOLES:

Utah Highway Patrol shows the wreckage of a car that ran into a hole, after heavy rain caused the collapse of State Road 35 that opened up a hole 40 feet wide and more than 30 feet deep.

 

A huge sinkhole which occurred overnight in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle before it sank into the hole.

 

A Cadillac Escalade sits at the bottom of a sinkhole in Milwaukee, Wis. July 23, 2010, still running almost 20 hours after the driver fell in. Powerful storms pounded southeastern Wisconsin and caused widespread flooding.

 

 A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building. WOW THAT LOOKS DEEP AND SCARY!

 

Richard Horita looks at a sinkhole at his home, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, in Paauilo that was caused when a 6.7 earthquake struck the island of Hawaii.

 

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