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There’s A Massive Sinkhole In Mexico That Continues To Grow, Threatening To Swallow A Family’s Home

Sure the world we live in is crazy and there is so much going on all around us. There’s no doubt we live in unprecedented times. However, I’m sure that few of us live in fear of our home being swallowed by a giant sinkhole that continues to grow.

Unfortunately, that’s the reality for one family in Mexico’s Puebla state, who’s home is literally at the edge of a growing, water-filled sinkhole. Images of the giant sinkhole have gone viral around the world but the Sánchez Xalamihua family are focused on one thing: saving their home.

Giant sinkhole threatens to take a family’s home down with it.

The sinkhole first appeared on Saturday in Mexico’s Puebla state, but has since grown rapidly as it fills with bubbling water and threatens to destroy one family’s home.

The Sánchez Xalamihua family say they heard a loud crash on Saturday night and initially thought it was a clap of thunder. But the noise was in fact caused by the collapse of ground in a field near their rural home, about 12 miles northwest of Puebla city.

Heriberto Sanchez, originally from Veracruz, told reporters that the house could fall into the 20-meter-deep chasm and they will be left without a home. “We have nothing. We’re not from here. We have no relatives. We’re alone.”

The sinkhole, which was initially about 32 feet wide, grew to 100 feet across on Sunday and reached a diameter of 200 feet on Monday, according to authorities. It continued to expand on Tuesday as large chunks of earth broke away from its rim and now reaches more than 325 feet across, according to a report by Uno TV.

The sinkhole is generating massive headlines around the country and the world.

Government officials have evacuated the area and thankfully no one has been hurt. Beatriz Manrique, environmental secretary for the Mexico region, said “We think that it might be a combination of two factors: the softening of the field, the whole area was being cultivated, as well as the extraction of groundwater, which softens the subsoil.”

“It will grow until nature decides, when the water stops exerting pressure,” Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa told Uno TV. “The important thing now is public safety.”

Officials from public bodies including the national water commission will now carry out an investigation into what happened. This process includes soil studies, and could take up to 30 days.

What exactly is a sinkhole and how do they form?

According to the U.S. Geological Service, sinkholes form when ground can no longer support the land surface above it. There are many reasons this can happen and one of them includes groundwater extraction. As the water is extracted, rock and soil is eroded, leaving a giant void which the surface can collapse into.

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