The CNN article this appears in alludes to, but does not explain, how a tropical storm cause such a massive and eerie hole. A three-storey building fell into it.
In this same place, Guatemala, a violent tropical storm battered the region, resulting in mudslides and floods and deaths, and just two days before the tropical storm hit, a volcano erupted.
I've been tracking sinkholes lately, and it seems they are opening with regularity in unexpected places. Not that a sinkhole by itself means instant plague of biblical proportions, but the work that God is doing on the earth that was promised and described for us in Matthew 24 and other places means that his warnings for the end time will come and are coming. His language has not changed. So we look to the bible as to what these things meant in the past and see if they could be applied to what is happening now. Are there examples of the earth opening up in the bible?
"And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth." (Rev 12:15-16)
Note, the flood is always a symbol of overwhelming destruction. The earth opening its mouth is reminiscent of the incident in Numbers 16:31-33:
"As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly."
In other sinkhole incidents, this incident happened a week ago in Canada. Note the use of the word "freak" and that the area was not known for sinkhole activity...
Horror as freak sinkhole swallows home and family of four
"There’s news of a tragedy today concerning a home in Canada which was engulfed by a giant sinkhole. All the four members of the family were killed in the incident which occurred while they were watching T.V. together. During a freak landslide in Quebec, the sinkhole opened up to swallow the French-Canadian family home. The family that lived there, the Prefontaines had been watching an ice-hockey game in the basement lounge of their home in Saint-Jude overlooking the Yamaska River. The two children killed were only around the ages of 9 and 11, according to the Timesonline.co.uk. Although rescuers launched a desperate attempt to save the family, late last night their bodies were finally found with Quebec’s emergency management co-ordinator, Michel Dore saying, “They were found very close to one another, some of them lying on the family couch in the basement.” The giant crater that formed completely destroyed the family home and five other houses in the area were evacuated. Apparently the house was in a location not considered to be at risk from sinkholes and the Saint-Jude Mayor, Yves Bellefeuille said the community was in shock. For more on this story go to the timesonline.co.uk. We send our thoughts to the extended family and friends of those killed."
In TN a sinkhole on the Interstate opened up last week, swallowing half a lane:
I-24 reopens after sinkhole repair
A stretch of eastbound Interstate 24 between Nashville and Chattanooga has reopened after a massive sinkhole was repaired. The 25-foot deep sinkhole developed suddenly on Tuesday in Grundy County. Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation had to excavate 35 feet to reach the bottom of the sinkhole and remove unstable material. The area was filled in with more than 5,400 tons of graded solid rock and the interstate was repaved.
What does it mean? I don't know. I do know that in the end time and especially the Tribulation God re-forms the earth. The earth certainly is groaning lately. That it is cracking up is no surprise. One can only hope that Isaiah's praise of God holds true today for those experiencing travail: "When Your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. (Isaiah 26:9b)