China: Sinkhole swallows up huge building complex

Posted Jan 29, 2013 by Eileen Kersey
A sinkhole in China has swallowed up a huge building complex. The event happened in Kangwang Road, Guangzhou, a city in China's southern Guangdong province, and was caught on film.
Guangdong province China
Guangdong province China
A huge hole opened up close to a construction site in the Guangdong province of China. The building work is part of the construction of a new subway line. The massive hole swallowed up buildings in moments. A huge building complex, including five shops, 'vanished'. One large building was ripped apart, from top to bottom.
300 people were evacuated from the buildings, by workers on the constructions site. They noticed the ground was sinking and acted fast. Roads in the vicinity were also closed to traffic. There were no reports of injuries.
By Sharon Kwok
There are various sources online with footage but little by way of written reports. The BBC has video footage also.
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The gaping hole was described as more than 3,200 square feet in area and almost 30 feet deep. Tuesday it was still expanding. As yet it is not known if the construction work caused the ground to sink away.
Electric cables malfunctioned, resulting in power cut in 3,000 residential units nearby. There was a smell of gas in air, reports shangaiist.