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)