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article imageGuatemalan woman finds sinkhole under her bed

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 22, 2011 in World
Guatemala City - A 65-year-old woman in Guatemala was shocked when she discovered the loud noise she heard had come from a newly formed sinkhole under her bed.
Inocenta Hernandez and her neighbours, who live just north of Guatemala City, were surprised by the sound.
"When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there had been a crash on the street," The Guardian quoted Hernandez as saying.
"We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed.
"Thank God there are only material damages, because my grandchildren were running around the house, into that room and out to the patio."
The hole was 12.2 meters (40 feet) deep and 80 centimeters (32 inches) in diameter.
Yahoo News reports that Guatemala City is prone to sinkholes as it is built on volcanic deposits. The holes are often blamed on leaks in the sewer system or on heavy rain. They can also be the result of natural erosion.
In 2010 a sinkhole in Guatemala City swallowed a three-storey building. A 2007 sinkhole in the city swallowed about a dozen homes.
Photos of the hole which formed under Hernandez's bed can be seen on MSNBC.
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