Monday, May 31, 2010

Impressive Photo of Sinkhole in Zone 2

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This sinkhole formed in Zone 2 of Guatemala City during tropical storm Agatha. It swallowed a three-story building and eleven homes which are at the bottom of the 180-plus foot deep hole.

While this sinkhole formed seemingly as a result of the heavy rains from the tropical storm, the cause is more likely due to years of pumping out of groundwater. Groundwater provides some of the pressure that supports the soil above. When the water is removed and the hydrostatic pressure falls, the ground above can collapse.

Volcan Pacaya Erupting Again

INSIVUMEH released a news bulletin a short while ago:

Volcan Pacaya began a new eruptive phase this morning with strong Strombolian explosions at approximately one minute intervals, launching ash 500 to 800 meters (1,500 to 2,500 feet) into the air.

Where the ash will fall depends on wind direction.

Carretera Atlantica is Open

The flooding of the highway between Los Amates and Gualan has subsided and the road from Rio Dulce to Guatemala City is open.

Litegua is running their normal schedules.