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article imageVideo: 33-ft sinkhole kills five outside factory, Shenzhen, China

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 21, 2013 in Environment
Shenzhen - Local authorities in the southern Chinese town of Shenzhen near Hong Kong said on Tuesday that five people died when a 10 meter (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate.
According to AFP, the Shenzhen Longgang district authorities confirmed on Sina Weibo (China's Twitter) that five people died in the accident. They said officials were investigating.
A Beijing-based newspaper, the Guangming Daily, reports that local officials say the sinkhole formed at the gates of the Huamao Industrial Park in Shenzhen on Monday evening when workers at the factory were changing shifts.
The official Shanghai Daily newspaper reported that emergency workers rescued one man. Local authorities say they are still investigating to confirm how many people fell into the hole.
Sinkholes are appearing with increasing frequency in China. Observers blame it on the country's fast development and heavy construction activity.
According to AFP, surveillance cameras recently captured the shocking scene of a security guard being swallowed by a sinkhole in Shenzhen.
Digital Journal reported in March that a Florida man was swallowed by a 30 feet wide and 100 feet deep sinkhole that appeared in his bedroom at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, 15 miles from Tampa. The man, Jeff Bush, 37, disappeared into the hole with a scream while other members of the house prepared for bed.
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