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Geologists study giant Guatemala sinkhole left in wake of Tropical Storm Agatha

Scientists are studying how exactly the giant, cylindrical Guatemala sinkhole was formed, and how to prevent more. Meanwhile, the US is joining relief efforts to help the thousands left homeless by Tropical Storm Agatha.

Workers from Guatemala's emergency management services (CONRED) monitor a giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City Tuesday.

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Geologists are studying the giant Guatemala sinkhole that swallowed a Guatemala City street intersection during Tropical Storm Agatha on Saturday with an eye toward how to prevent a similar tragedy.

At 66-feet wide and 100-feet deep, the almost perfectly cylindrical hole so far has left more questions than answers.

"I can tell you what it's not: It's not a geological fault, and it's not the product of an earthquake," David Monterroso, a geophysics engineer at Guatemala's National Disaster Management Agency, told the Associated Press. "That's all we know. We're going to have to descend."

IN PICTURES: Guatemala sinkhole


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