A large abyss pit that appeared in late May on a farm in central Mexico has now become larger than a football field and extends 125 feet at some points.
The central Puebla government responded on Thursday to emotional requests from animal lovers to try to rescue the two dogs, which were trapped on a ledge on the vertical sides of the hole falling 50 meters (15 meters) into the water.
“The rescue of Spy and Spike, who fell into the abyss in Santa Maria Zacatepec, is being responsibly analyzed,” a state government statement said. “Despite the risky conditions and taking all precautions, the dogs were fed.”
The abyss in places is now over 125 feet (125 meters) and can be 150 deep (45 meters) at its deepest point. It’s hard to say because the water fills the crater.
The Mexican government has sent troops to keep people 600 meters from the edge of the hole, which is 15 meters deep.
“It’s a very difficult time for us. It hurts because that’s all we have, “said Magdalena Xalamigua Xopicle, whose brick and cement block house was slowly collapsing into the abyss. “Sometimes we feel sick from so much sadness.”
Some residents believe that the underground hole is the result of excessive extraction of groundwater from factories or a water bottling plant in the area. But the bottom of the hole is filled with water that appears to have strong currents, and the National Civil Protection Service said experts believe it was caused by something like an underground river.
“It is very likely that the origin is related to the presence of groundwater flows,” the service said.
Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa said experts were exploring both options and that if water extraction was the culprit, he would revoke all permits.
Citing the risk of further ground fractures, the office warned people to stay away from the site in the town of Zacatepec in the state of Puebla, east of Mexico City.
“This is not a tourist attraction or a place to visit with your family,” the office said Wednesday.
Authorities set up metal barriers and police tape to keep out onlookers and restricted drones flying over them.