A large sinkhole that occurred on farmland in central Mexico continues to grow in size, swallowing a brick and ash house.
The sinkhole first appeared in the city of Santa María Zacatepec in Mexico’s Puebla state, east of Mexico City, last month and continues to expand.
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Associated Press reports that the large hole is more than 400 meters wide, larger than a football field, and a home located in the countryside begins to collapse in it.
The family living in the home has been evacuated.
“It is a very difficult time for us. It hurts, because that̵
“Sometimes we feel sick from so much sadness,” she said.
The sinkhole, measured about 16 feet in diameter when it first appeared, grew rapidly over hours and then days. The Associated Press reports that the edge of the hole is approx. 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 use of groundwater from 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 country with soldiers.
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