A geological fault has caused a huge sinkhole whose diameter has been growing in the state of Puebla, in the center of Mexico, according to the first investigations of the authorities.
“It is a matter of enormous risk. I tell the poblanos and the people of the region that we are going to be aware that there are no human tragedies. It is a geological fault that must be attended to with great care, with technique and with all the precautions and we are doing it”, explained this Monday the governor of the state of Puebla, Miguel Barbosa, in a press conference.
For her part, the Puebla Secretary of the Environment, Beatriz Manrique, explained that the hole began to be created last Saturday, being no more than five meters in diameter, and in 24 hours it grew to 30 meters.
As detailed by Manrique, a few hours ago it already reached 60 meters in diameter and Twitter users shared videos in which it is seen that it continues to grow as part of the edges that fall to the bottom, where there is a large amount of water, are detached.
According to local media, the depth of the sinkhole would be about 20 meters.
The detachment occurred in a farmland in the Juan C. Bonilla municipality, just over 20 kilometers from Puebla capital, in an area where there are only a few small and humble houses of the people who work the crops.
The secretary explained that it is still too early to know the reasons for the creation of the sinkhole.
Under study the sinkhole that appeared in #Zacatepec municipality of Juan C Bonilla #Puebla
On May 29 with only 5m in diameter and today it reaches 60m and 20m deep
Possible origin by extraction of aquifers pic.twitter.com/hKBaaPUcp9
– Geol. Sergio Almazán (@chematierra) May 31, 2021
She mentioned that in the area there was a “jagüey” -well or ditch full of water- that was covered to locate farmland.
“There may be a softening of the farmland and extraction of aquifers. And when the pressure of the water in the surface layer was greater than that of the soil, a variation and the weight on the earth’s crust was generated, which ended up giving way”, she explained.
Civil Protection of Puebla traveled to the area together with other authorities to make sure that no one approaches and risks are not taken.
“Faced with the formation of a sinkhole in the farmland of Santa María Zacatepec, in Juan C. Bonilla, Puebla Department of the Interior, through this coordination, urges the population NOT to approach the place in order to avoid accidents”, wrote Civil Protection of the state on Twitter.
For its part, Civil Protection Mexico shared in it an image of the work that is being carried out in the place and detailed that it is working to “mitigate the risk to the population.”
They added that a preventive evacuation of a house near the sinkhole was carried out and that a 500-meter security fence is maintained around the hole.