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Enormous sinkhole swallows up the ground in Chile

By T.K. Randall
August 7, 2022 · Comment icon 12 comments



As luck would have it, nobody was there at the time. Image Credit: SERNAGEOMIN
A huge sinkhole measuring 82 ft across and descending 650 ft down has opened up in the Atacama region of Chile.
Large enough to swallow up the entire White House, this gargantuan sinkhole opened up just outside the town of Tierra Amarilla around 400 miles to the north of the capital Santiago.

According to The National Service of Geology and Mining (Sernageomin), the hole was first spotted at the weekend on Canadian-owned land that is currently used for copper mining.

"There is a considerable distance, approximately 200 meters (656 feet), to the bottom," said the service's director David Montenegro.
"We haven't detected any material down there, but we have seen the presence of a lot of water."

Fortunately, the hole did not open underneath a populated area, however the local mayor has expressed concerns that if it happens again, the next time things could be a lot worse.

"Today it happened in a space that's an agricultural property, but our greatest fear now is that this could happen in a populated place, on a street, in a school," he said.

"Protecting the integrity of our inhabitants is our greatest concern at the moment."

Source: Vice.com | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Portre 2 months ago
When did "White House" become a unit of measure?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Knob Oddy 2 months ago
Americans will use anything as a unit of measurement rather than the metric system. My calculations are that this sink hole is more than 100 bald eagles wide
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy 2 months ago
Many Americans don’t understand units of length and need reference to something like a well known building, football stadium, landmark, number of Budweiser cans in a row etc. to be able to comprehend these things.  I really hope that they put roadblocks up either side of the sinkhole… 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Knob Oddy 2 months ago
Chile can be quite cold, but im not sure this happened in an area of permafrost. Flowing water underground is normally the cause of sinkholes 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Portre 2 months ago
I accept your premise but not their solution.  Other than discerning the sinkhole is wide enough to fit the White House lengthwise, unless they also provide how much clearance on either side.  it's meaningless.   Like when there's headline that read "Asteroid Twice the Height of the Empire State building...".  W\hat does that mean? Is the asteroid long and narrow like a skyscraper?  If they mean diameter, then the headline should read "Asteroid with diameter twice the height of..."   By the way, the White House is 168 feet (51.2 meters) long, 85 feet 6 inches (26.1 meters) wide without portico... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Portre 2 months ago
Head to tail, or wingtip to wingtip?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Knob Oddy 2 months ago
Bald eagles are measured beak to talon. 1 bald eagle is 8 big macs in length.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Portre 2 months ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Portre 2 months ago
About .34 jumbo jets
Comment icon #12 Posted by Timothy 2 months ago
It was a joke  Modern Americans know most measury stuff to a reasonable extent.


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