The mysterious sinkhole is currently 25 metres wide and 200 meters deep. It was found in Tierra Amarilla in Atacama Region near the Alcaparrosa copper mine.
Cristobal Zuniga, the local mayor reported on Saturday. 30 July that a citizen complained about a sinkhole in their community near Alcaparrosa mine.
“We are worried, as it is a concern that we have always had, the fact that we are surrounded mining deposits and subterranean work under our community.” Said one of the localite.
Mayor Zuniga said: “It’s still active, and it’s still growing. It is something that we have never seen before in our community.”
Gerardo Tapia, an official from the Atacama Region, reportedly asked the National Geology and Mining Service for help in determining the reason for the formation of such huge sinkhole.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries and officials continue monitoring the hole, which was discovered on 30 July.
The Owners of Lundin Mining Corporation, stated Monday (1 August) that mining in the area had been stopped.
“Upon detection, the area had been immediately isolated and the appropriate regulatory authorities notified. There have been no impacts on personnel, equipment, or infrastructure. ” The Owners added.
“The surficial sinkhole is stable since its detection.” Minera Ojos Del Salado is performing a technical analysis to gather information about the cause of the event.
Scientists discovered a forest within a giant Chinese sinkhole that was 630 feet deep earlier in May.
There are many ancient trees and plants in the sinkhole, which could include species that have not been found before.
The sinkhole is located in Leye County in China’s Guangxi ZhuangAutonomous Region. Cave explorers discovered it on May 6th. They found three cave entrances within the 1,004 foot long and 492 foot wide void.
Chen Lixin, the expedition leader, said to Live Science: “I wouldn’t be surprised to find species in these caves which have not been described or reported by science until now.” Chen Lixin also stated that some trees in the forest measured nearly 130 feet tall.
A cave exploration team discovered a giant sinkhole in southern China, bringing the number of such sinkholes in the county to 30. pic.twitter.com/a4IVFogIG9
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) May 11, 2022
George Veni, executive director of National Cave and Karst Research Institute told Live Science that there are many factors that can affect karst, such as climate, geology and other factors. This means that karst, which is a terrain in which the bedrock dissolves, can produce sinkholes depending on its location.
“In China, you can find this visually stunning karst that has enormous sinkholes and huge cave entrances. In other parts, you can walk on the karst without really noticing anything. Sinkholes can be a meter to two meters in diameter, but they are often quite subtle. Cave entrances may be small so you will need to squeeze in.” George Veni added.