Overall, the risk of sinkholes occurring in Guatemala City is high and unpredictable.
The sinkhole formed due to volcanic pumice deposits, upon which Guatemala City is built. Electricity poles were also sucked in. Authorities said they could not confirm the security guard's death.
Because of the role played by sewage pipes in the sinkhole's collapse, Sam Bonis, along with other geologists, has demanded that the government inspect the sewer system more regularly. According to officials, the sinkhole had similarities with another Guatemalan sinkhole which collapsed in , which may also have been formed by ruptured sewage pipes.
On a wider scale, immediately following reports of fatalities due to Agatha, a state of emergency was declared for Guatemala.
Immediately after the sinkhole's collapse, there were plans to fill it in with a soil cement made from cement , limestone , and water known locally as lodocreto "mudcrete". This substance was also used to fill in the Guatemala City sinkhole.
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However, another technique, which geologists call the graded-filter technique, in which the sinkhole is filled with successive layers of boulders, smaller rocks, and gravel, could possibly be a better solution. The graded-filter technique, on the other hand, allows water to seep through.
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Update: Checking Google satellite imagery history via Google Earth, the refilling of the hole, and paving could be seen in progress in August with traffic seen by March From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Guatemala City sinkhole.
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