Giant hole continues to swallow up a toxic city in Peru

Giant Hole Swallowing a Town

At just over 14,000 feet above sea level, Peru's Cerro de Pasco is one of the highest cities in the world, the Weather Channel reports. But instead of going on and on about the breathtaking Andean scenery, calls it the ugliest city in Peru.

Why so ugly? Well, "the Pit" (otherwise known as El Tajo) is to blame. It is a massive open mine in the middle of the city, and its machinery is slowly chewing away at polluted neighborhoods. The pit is more than a mile wide, and as deep as the empire state building is tall, according to a recent post on

The pit in Peru
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Giant hole continues to swallow up a toxic city in Peru
Tajo minero en Pasco

It's mainly a copper mine, but silver, lead, tungsten and other minerals have been mined in the area for 400 years. Since the hole opened in 1956, thousands of families have been relocated, but much of the new housing lacks even basic sanitation.

According to, Peru's congress passed a law calling for the entire population to be resettled. So far, no action has been taken.

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