1. The Guatamala City Sinkhole (Guatemala)
In 2010 this huge hole suddenly appeared in the middle of the city. This sinkhole was a disaster taking a three-story factory building and lives of 15 people. The cause is related to the recent eruption of Volcano Pacaya followed by a tropical storm. The city’s sewer system couldn’t handle the vast amount of water from the storm.
The sewer pipes started leaking and eroded volcanic ash and other deposits from under Guatemala City. This is not the first occurrence of such an event in the city. In 2007 another 100-meter deep sinkhole formed taking lives of five people. The risk of formation of another sinkholes in Guatemala City is high and unpredictable.