How would you like to be residents of Huacullani in southern Peru? Overnight, a humongous crack in the earth appeared, measuring 328 ft wide and nearly 2 miles long.
LivinginPeru.com – Feb 25, 2011
The sudden appearance early in the morning of an enormous crack, measuring 100 meters [328.083 ft] wide and three kilometers [1.86411 mile] long, caused confusion among residents of the Huacullani district in the Chucuito province, department of Puno.
The exact cause of the crack in the earth still unknown. Peru’s geophysical institute ruled out the occurrence of an earthquake in the region, but what is clear is that the ground opened up and large blocks of earth can be observed scattered throughout the area.
The event, recorded Wednesday morning, caused the collapse of one house located in the rural community of Llorohoco. Four people managed to escape, but the youngest in the family, five-year-old Jean Carlos Vilcanqui Acero, is missing.
Geological engineers from the regional committee for civil defense have arrived in the area to investigate the phenomenon and determine its causes, said Javier Pampamallco, Puno’s civil defense chief.