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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Peruvians Find Mysterious Crack in Earth

Residents across Puno, Peru were disturbed to find a 3km wide x 100km long crack in the earth across their lands.  Experts say the crack was not caused by an earthquake, leading others to speculate on what, exactly, the source of the crack might be.  The rupture appeared in the Huacullani district in the Chucuito province, and knocked over at least one home.  A 5-year-old child who was inside the house was still missing when this post was written.

In November, 2010, Bolivian residents faced a similar fissure.  Residents noticed a "fire" beneath the surface, leading experts to suggest that a build-up of gases underground caused the crack.  A similar phenomenon may be at-play in the Peruvian incident.  Peru and Bolivia both border the ancient Lake Titicaca.

Geological engineers are investigating.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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