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A massive sinkhole was discovered in Chile near a mining site: NPR

An aerial photo shows the large sinkhole that appeared over the weekend near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo province in Chile.

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An aerial photo shows the large sinkhole that appeared over the weekend near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo province in Chile.

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It’s so deep.

At 656 feet from top to bottom, a sinkhole that opened in Chile over the weekend could fit the Washington Monument — with about 100 feet to spare.

Officials are working to determine what caused the massive sinkhole near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla.

The sink hole is also quite wide. After it was found on Saturday, the National Geology and Mining Service, also called Sernageomin, first estimated the diameter about 82 feet wide. But the sinkhole was found to be much larger upon further inspection. On Tuesday, the agency said it is nearly 105 feet wide. (Washington Monument is only 55 feet wide at its base.)

“We have not detected any material down there, but we have seen the presence of a lot of water,” said the agency’s director David Montenegro in a statement to Reuters.

The land where the sinkhole appeared is owned by Canada’s Lundin Mining Corp. and is close to the company’s Minera Ojos del Salado copper mine.

What caused the sinkhole has yet to be determined, but experts are investigating.

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What caused the sinkhole has yet to be determined, but experts are investigating.

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The company said Monday that the sinkhole has remained stable since it was discovered.

One of the mines nearby is also being monitored and there has been no movement related to the sinkhole. “As a precautionary measure, development work in one area of ​​the Alcaparrosa underground mine has been temporarily suspended…” the company added.

While investigators are still working to determine the cause of the sinkhole, some people on Twitter have chimed in with their own theories.



A massive sinkhole was discovered in Chile near a mining site: NPR

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