Authorities warned that a huge sinkhole that appeared at the end of May in an agricultural field in central Mexico and that it is now bigger than a soccer field will continue to grow.
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The sinkhole has reached a diameter greater than 125 meters (400 feet) and a house has begun to be removed. The Mexican government has sent soldiers to keep people 600 meters (2,000 feet) away from the limits of the hole, which is 15 meters (50 feet) deep.
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Some residents of the area believe that the sinkhole is the result of excessive extraction of groundwater by factories or a water bottling plant in the area. But the bottom of the sinkhole is full of water that appears to have strong currents, and the National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Government of Mexico has indicated that experts believe it was caused by a kind of underground river.
“It is highly possible that the origin of the sinkhole is associated with the presence of underground water flows,” according to Civil Protection.
When mentioning the risk of more fractures, the agency warned the population to stay away from the place, in the town of Zacatepec, in the state of Puebla east of Mexico City.
“It is not a tourist attraction, nor a place to visit with your family,” underlined Civil Protection on Wednesday.
The authorities have put up metal fences and the police have cordoned off the area to keep people out, and have restricted drone overflights.
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