A tragic series of events in Guatemala this week, with the enormous sinkhole being the most bizarre part. Thankfully I don’t think the sinkhole caused any fatalities. Here is the story from Boston.com: ‘The Big Picture’:
“In just the past seven days, residents of Guatemala and parts of neighboring Honduras and El Salvador have had to cope with a volcanic eruption and ash fall, a powerful tropical storm, the resulting floods and landslides, and a frightening sinkhole in Guatemala City that swallowed up a small building and an intersection. Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks on May 27th, blanketing Guatemala City with ash, closing the airport, and killing one television reporter who was near the eruption. Two days later, as Guatemalans worked to clear the ash, Tropical Storm Agatha made landfall bringing heavy rains that washed away bridges, filled some villages with mud, and somehow triggered the giant sinkhole – the exact cause is still being studied.”
See the series of powerful images through this link.