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Post by Rogue on Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:49 pm

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground In Mexico
The Huffington Post | By Ryan Grenoble
Posted: 08/22/2014 1:40 pm EDT

Scientists in Mexico are puzzling over a giant fissure that has split the ground in the northern part of the country.

The crack, which runs for nearly two-thirds of a mile, measures close to 30 feet deep and is just more than 15 feet across at its widest spot. Locals found the geographical oddity Tuesday night when it split a rural road in half 50 miles west of the city of Hermosillo in the Mexican state of Sonora, according to Excelsior, a Spanish-language news source.

A video of the split, recorded from a drone, follows the arc of the chasm, which in some spots looks wide enough to swallow a truck. Check out the video above.

While some believe seismic activity is to blame -- the USGS reports Mexico is one of the world's most seismically active areas, and a magnitude 5.0-quake occurred earlier this month off the coast near Hermosillo -- others point to an underground stream that eroded the ground above it.

Expreso, a Mexican newspaper, cites social media reports of heavy rainfall in the area prior to the rift opening. The newspaper also reports that the crack opened last Friday, instead of Tuesday, as Excelsior reports.

In any case, says Martín Valencia Moreno, the head of the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Regional Station of the Geological Institute, there's no cause for alarm.

"It's definitely not a cause for alarm for the population," Moreno told Excelsior in a statement translated by The Huffington Post, "it's more something sensationalist and people like to encourage that sort of thing."

He added that he doesn't believe an earthquake is to blame, because "when a fault is generated the levels generally move and here we see people walking on both sides of the trench, the two levels are still in place, one side isn't raised and the other hasn't sunk either."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/giant-crack-in-mexico-video_n_5699362.html
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Post by Rogue on Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:49 pm

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Post by Agartha on Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:58 pm

There are many dormant volcanoes in the area......... a collapse lava tube or chamber perhaps?
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Post by Rockhopper on Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:57 pm

It could be that Ags.

Maybe part of the land has subsided and cracked it open.

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Post by Agartha on Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:15 am

Apparently another one has opened a few miles away....
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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:35 am

Yep Ags, I heard that. Makes me think of subsidence. Parts of Mexico is sinking and it's breaking away along the crack!

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Post by Agartha on Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:15 am

This is the best explanation so far:

The crack is in a region of newly constructed irrigation ditches and ponds, and recent heavy rains had saturated the ground. The above translation suggests some kind of underground flow eroding, and certainly there has been some flow erosion. But the initial cause of the fissure seems more likely to be differential computation. As the water drains underground it creates differences in compaction and rates of settling, eventually causing fissures, often partially or fully underground, which then grow rapidly as water flows though them. It's not that uncommon, and these type of fissure have been well studied here in the US, particularly in Arizona, as in this USGS page:
http://water.usgs.gov/edu/gallery/landsubsidence-lakelucern.html
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Post by Rogue on Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:39 am


Good find Ags, very probable. Interesting!
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Post by Agartha on Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:59 am

@Rogue wrote:
Good find Ags, very probable. Interesting!

Interesting would be a MUTO coming out of there!!

~waiting for Godzilla to save us....lol~
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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:12 am

I agree Rogue, interesting concept there from Ags.

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