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Sinkhole Found Under Guatemalan Woman’s Bed

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(Photo: www.batangastoday.com)
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(Photo: www.batangastoday.com)

There are some things you may expect to find under your bed, a sinkhole is not one of them.

Inocenta Hernandez, 65, from Guatemala City, was shocked when she discovered a 40-foot deep, 32-inches wide sinkhole under her bed.

Hernandez said she originally thought the sound from the sinkhole was a gas canister exploding in a neighbor’s home or that there had been a car crash nearby.

“We rushed out to look and saw nothing,” said Hernandez. “A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed.”

The homeowner said she was happy to not have been injured. “Thank God there are only material damages, because my grandchildren were running around the house, into that room and out to the patio,” she said.

In the United States, sinkholes are currently a problem for Clarksville, Tennessee business owners and Leesburgh, Florida homeowners as well.

A 38-foot sinkhole in Tennessee has closed down a major intersection in the town for a month, causing economic disruption in the town, according to Channel 5 News.

“Thirty days, it’s going to be a little frustrating. If we don’t get enough money, we’ve got to pay rent here; we’ve got to pay rent at our house, and we’ve got to eat,” said local business owner, John Cooksey. “We lost a lot of drive-by traffic. No traffic, no work, so it’s kind of hard.”

Leesburgh residents are reportedly just as worried about their homes due to a growing 60-foot sinkhole in their neighborhood, WFTV.com reports.

“Some people are talking about it might get bigger and the house might cave in. It’s dangerous,” said local Trina Jean.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the reason for the sinkhole was due to aging underground drain and sewage lines. A similar reason was given for the Guatamalan sinkhole.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/21/guatemala-sinkhole-under-bed

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/15119377/sinkhole-road-closures-hurting-local-businesses

http://www.wftv.com/news/28616488/detail.html

 

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