A rural family in Mexico was threatened by a huge, expanding sinkhole that unexpectedly appeared on their farm.
A massive sinkhole that was expanding for dozens of meters every day alarmed residents in a rural area in central Mexico, where it was threatening to swallow a house.
When the Sanchez family heard a loud bang on Saturday, they first thought it was an electric shock.
But they soon learn that the ground had collapsed just a few meters from their home on a farm in Santa María Zacatepec in the state of Puebla.
This water-filled pit had become about 30 meters wide by Sunday.
It rose sharply to 60 meters on Monday and to nearly 80 meters on Tuesday, officials said, as the Sanchez family is getting closer to the home, who fear they will be rendered homeless.
“We have nothing. We are not from here. We have no relatives. We are alone,” Heriberto Sánchez, originally from the southeastern state of Veracruz, told the media.
Scientists and officials were considering hypotheses including geological faults or variations in soil water content as possible causes.
As the sinkhole grew, large chunks of earth continued to break through the rim, scaring onlookers approaching the security cordon set up by the authorities.
In a video posted on social media, two men were seen approaching the hole before it suddenly spread, forcing them to escape safely.
“It will grow until nature dictates, when the water stops pressing,” said Puebla state governor Miguel Barbosa.
“The important thing now is public safety,” he said, adding that officials will compensate those affected.
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