In photos: A mysterious massive sinkhole was found in Chile

The hole is so big that it could fit the Washington Monument inside.
Nergis Firtina
The hole discovered in Chile.JOHAN GODOY/AFP via Getty Images
  • A massive sinkhole was found in Tierra Amarilla, Chile.
  • Officials and investigators are still trying to understand what caused it to form.
  • Some people think that aliens might be with us.

What would you do if you saw a massive, inexplicable hole on the ground? Would you be surprised? Chilean officials and researchers are.

As npr.com reported, at 656 feet (199 m) from top to bottom, a sinkhole was found near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla, Chile. With about 100 feet (30 m) spare, even the Washington Monument can fit inside. Chilean authorities and investigators are still trying to understand what caused it. After it was found on Saturday, the National and Mining Service, also called Sernagomin, reckoned that the diameter could be about 82 feet (24 m) wide. However, on Tuesday, the agency said that the sinkhole’s diameter is nearly 105 feet (32 m) .

"We haven't detected any material down there, but we have seen the presence of a lot of water," said agency director David Montenegro in a statement to Reuters.

A Canadian company, Lundin Mining Corporation, owns the land where the sinkhole appeared. The company said that the sinkhole has remained stable since it was detected, and they confirmed a sinkhole was detected near their mining area called Minera Ojos del Salado on July 30, 2022. After the detection of the sinkhole, the area was isolated. "The closest home is more than 600 meters (1,969 feet) away while any populated area or public service are almost a kilometer away from the affected zone,” the company added.

In photos: A mysterious massive sinkhole was found in Chile
Source: JOHAN GODOY/AFP via Getty Images
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Inevitable conspiracy theories

While the research in the area still continues, the news had a great impact, especially on social media; therefore the conspiracy theories about the hole became inevitable. Some social media users suggested that it was made by aliens. Even Canadian actor and choreographer Cory Bowles shared a tweet about the subject.

Another sinkhole was previously found in China

According to China's Xinhua News, an enormous ancient forest was found in the Guanxi Region of China. Senior Engineer Zhang Yuanhai of the Institute of Karst Geology at China’s Academy of Geological Sciences said that the sinkhole was more than 1000 feet (304,8 m) long and, nearly 630 feet (192 m) deep.

Zhang also stated that the sinkhole may be the remains of early evolution and is one of the best preserved important sites of primitive life.

We'll see if the newly appeared sinkhole is anything like the one in China.

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