Mexican sinkhole now bigger than a football field

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:57 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Authorities said a sinkhole that appeared in late May on a farm in central Mexico has already grown larger than a football field and is likely to continue growing.

The sinkhole is now over 400 feet across and has begun swallowing a house.

The Mexican government has sent in soldiers to keep people away from the edge of the hole, which is 50 feet deep.

Some residents believe the sinkhole is the result of excessive groundwater extraction by factories or a water bottling plant in the area.

But the bottom of the hole is filled with water that appears to have strong currents, and the National Civil Defense Office said experts think it was caused by something like an underground river.

Authorities warned people to stay away from the site.

Copyright 2021 KGNS. All rights reserved.