I wish the ground would open up and…

Be careful what you wish for in Mexico City. With the excessive ground water extraction, regular earthquakes and torrential downpours, the cities streets has a few extra hidden dangers over other cities. The ground may very well open up and swallow you whole.

This week in Iztapalapa, literally just down the road from me, this pretty sizeable sinkhole opened up. Started as a big crack in the ground, and then before you know it there’s a 45 foot deep hole, 15 foot in diameter in the middle of the street. It swallowed a car, half a house and a man who was taking too close a look.

The solution? The hole and 200 cracks, which spread out for another 500 yards, are being filled with cement as I type. Doesn’t sound totally scientific…


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