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Mysterious Giant Crack Appears in Northern Mexico — and Scientists Aren't Quite Sure What Caused It



A giant crack emerged last week in northern Mexico and scientists are still working to determine what exactly caused it.

The nearly 30-foot deep, 15-foot wide crevice in the earth extends more than a half-mile, Sky News reported.

Some scientists believe the mysterious crack was the result of seismic activity in the area following a 5.0 magnitude quake earlier this month.

But not all experts are sold on that conclusion.

Others believe an underground stream which eroded the ground below the surface caused the ground to cave in. According to a Mexican newspaper, which cited social media reports, it appears there was heavy rainfall in the area before the trench appeared.

Regardless, scientists don't think there is any reason to worry.[sharequote align="right"]""It's definitely not a cause for alarm for the population."[/sharequote]

"It's definitely not a cause for alarm for the population," Martin Moreno, the head of National Autonomous University of Mexico's Regional Station, told newspaper Excelsior, according to a translation by The Huffington Post.

Moreno added that he does not think it would be appropriate to blame an earthquake for the massive crack, contending "when a fault is generated the levels generally move and here we see people walking on both sides of the trench, the two levels are still in place, one side isn't raised and the other hasn't sunk either."

Nevertheless, individuals all over the world appear enthralled by the crack. Footage captured by a drone has amassed nearly 100,000 views on YouTube.

"Wow!" one user commented.

"Pretty trippy," echoed another.

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