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Giant sinkhole appeared Saturday in Mexico City. Giant sinkhole appeared Saturday in Mexico City.

Poorly built retaining wall blamed for huge sinkhole

Nine-meter-deep hole captured a semi-trailer

A massive sinkhole that swallowed a semi-trailer in Mexico City has been blamed on faulty design and construction.

The nine-meter-deep hole appeared late Saturday in Venustiano Carranza, swallowing the parked trailer and triggering the temporary suspension of construction work at a nearby mall.

Measuring 50 meters long and six meters wide, the sinkhole damaged sewer and water lines beneath Oceanía avenue.

The local Civil Protection office issued a stop-work order pending an investigation to determine the stability of the land and a proposal by the construction firm responsible to repair the damaged road and utilities.

It blamed the incident on the poor design and construction of a retaining wall, part of the Plaza Encuentro Oceanía shopping center.

The retaining wall failed after heavy rainfall on Saturday.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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