These images are from http://www.yahoo.com/ of a recent sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City after a huge storm.
While officials haven't determined the definite cause, the raging rivers have been sweeping soil away and softening existing soil. While most of what we write about on this site is of how to prevent erosion and what is being done to help, this is a scary reminder that the problem of soil erosion is a real.
While some sinkholes can't be prevented, there are potential steps you can take to lessen the chance of a sinkhole. Adding storm drains, storm pipes, and knowing about what the topography looks like in your area are all ways you can help prevent a sinkhole from forming on your property.
Our thoughts are out to the people of Guatemala City and we hope the storm passes soon so the recovery efforts can start.
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