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A 65-foot-deep sinkhole in Mexico is on the verge of swallowing a house after it emerged and expanded over a few hours

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a view of a beach: The sinkhole in Central Mexico. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images © Provided by INSIDER The sinkhole in Central Mexico. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images
  • A sinkhole emerged in Central Mexico on Saturday, and it's threatening to swallow a house.
  • The sinkhole is 300 feet wide and 65 feet deep, and it's full of water, according to CNN.
  • Experts think the hole came from extracting groundwater and cultivating land, softening the soil.
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A 300-foot-wide sinkhole is intruding on farmland in Central Mexico, according to a CNN report, and photos of it show how close it looks to a nearby home.

The hole appeared in Santa María Zacatepec, Puebla, Mexico, on Saturday, CNN affiliate Televisa reported, and it measured about 15 feet wide before growing over the course of a few hours, Beatriz Manrique, environmental secretary for the Mexico region, told CNN.

The sinkhole is about 65 feet deep and filled with water, Puebla state governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta said at a press conference on Monday, according to CNN.

a couple of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field: The corner of the home's property is on the edge of the hole. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images © JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images The corner of the home's property is on the edge of the hole. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images

Huerta said at the press conference that the family living in the nearby house evacuated the area and that no one has been injured, according to CNN. Huerta also warned locals to stay away from the scene, CNN reported.

Photos show people gathered around the surreal-looking site.

a group of people in a field: People examine the sinkhole site. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images © JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images People examine the sinkhole site. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images

Sinkholes appear when the ground beneath the surface can't hold it up anymore, as Insider previously reported. This can happen when rainwater begins to collect within a crack in the ground. It's common in areas with soft rocks, like limestone, that rainwater can easily break down.


Video: Gigantic sinkhole appears in central Mexico (The Independent)

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Some sinkholes are just a few feet wide while others can do some real damage, from swallowing cars to entire buildings, Insider previously reported.

The sinkhole intrudes on a family home. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images © JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images The sinkhole intrudes on a family home. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images

In this case, experts think that the sinkhole may have appeared because of how the land is used.

"We think that it might be a combination of two factors: the softening of the field, the whole area was being cultivated, as well as the extraction of groundwater, which softens the subsoil," Manrique told CNN.

a herd of sheep walking across a grass covered field: A view of the land surrounding the sinkhole. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images © JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images A view of the land surrounding the sinkhole. JOSE CASTANARES/AFP via Getty Images

Public officials from the national water commission and other groups are investigating the source of the sinkhole with soil studies and other processes over a 30-day period, according to the same CNN article.

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