Massive Sinkhole That Just Opened Up in Chile Has Authorities Confused
It’s so deep.
At 656 feet from top to bottom, a sinkhole that opened up in Chile over the weekend could fit the Washington Monument inside — with about 100 feet to spare.
Officials are working to determine what caused the massive sinkhole near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla.
The sinkhole is fairly wide too. After it was found on Saturday, the National Geology and Mining Service, also called Sernageomin, first estimated the diameter at about 82 feet wide. But the sinkhole proved to be much larger upon further inspection. On Tuesday, the agency said it’s nearly 105 feet wide. (The Washington Monument is only 55 feet wide at its base.)
“We haven’t detected any material down there, but we have seen the presence of a lot of water,” said agency director David Montenegro in a statement to Reuters.