(CNN Spanish) – A possible geological fault in some farmland in Santa María Zacatepec, in the Juan Bonilla municipality in Puebla, produced a sinkhole of about 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep, reported this Monday the governor of Puebla, Miguel Barbosa Huerta.
So far no injuries or fatalities have been reported. However, the governor urged residents of the area to stay away from the scene.
Barbosa reported at a press conference that a family that has a home near the area has been evicted and is receiving protection.
The sinkhole in Puebla began with about five meters in diameter and grew in a few hours, explained the Secretary of the Environment for the Mexico region, Beatriz Manrique.
“What we consider is that there may be two conditions that are added, the softening of the farmland, the entire area was cultivated, and also the extraction of the aquifers that soften the subsoil,” explained Manrique.
The next step will be to conduct a series of land surveys, a process that could take up to 30 days.
Officials from the National Water Commission, the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control and Civil Protection work in the area together with the Puebla state authorities to determine what happened in these lands