Story at a glance

  • The sinkhole first opened up on farmland in the town of Santa María Zacatepec in Mexico’s Puebla State.
  • The Associated Press reports the large hole is now more than 400 feet across, larger than a football field.
  • The family that lives in the home has been evacuated.

A huge sinkhole that emerged on farmland in Central Mexico is continuing to grow in size and is swallowing a brick and cinder block home.

The sinkhole first appeared in the town of Santa María Zacatepec in Mexico’s Puebla State, east of Mexico City, last month and has continued to expand. 


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The Associated Press reports the large hole is more than 400 feet across, larger than a football field, and a home located on the land is beginning to collapse into it. 

The family that lives in the home has been evacuated. 

“It’s a very hard time for us. It hurts, because this is all that we have,” Magdalena Xalamigua Xopillacle, who lives in the home, told the news outlet. 

“At times we feel sick from so much sadness,” she said. 

The sinkhole measured about 16 feet in diameter when it first appeared then quickly grew over the course of hours, and then days. The Associated Press reports the edge of the hole is about 50 feet deep and the bottom is filled with water that appears to have strong currents. 

While some residents said the sinkhole may be a consequence of excessive groundwater use by factories in the area, officials said it could have been caused by an underground river. 

Authorities have advised people to stay away from the area and have secured the land with soldiers. 


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Published on Jun 10, 2021