Shenzen, China. May 21st, 2013.

Three Dead In Shenzhen Road Cave-in

Five factory workers were killed when a sinkhole measuring 10 metres in diameter opened outside an industrial park in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese town near Hong Kong.

AAP reports that the tragedy occurred when the sinkhole opened outside the Huamao Industrial Park in Shenzhen on Monday evening.

According to the website of Beijing-based newspaper the Guangming Daily, workers would have been changing shifts at the time.

Five were killed but, according to the state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper, rescuers saved one man.

Five people died when a 10 metre (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, local authorities said Tuesday.

The Shenzhen Longgang district government said on its verified page on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, that five people had died and added that it was investigating the incident.

The sinkhole formed just outside the Huamao Industrial Park in Shenzhen on Monday evening, at a time when many factory workers would have been changing shifts, according to the website of Beijing-based newspaper the Guangming Daily.

The state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper said that rescuers saved one man.

Reports said it was unclear how many people had fallen into the hole in total, but the search was continuing on Tuesday.

Sinkholes in China are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development.

Surveillance cameras in March captured images of a security guard being swallowed by a sinkhole, also in Shenzhen

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Chicago, Illinois. April 18th, 2013

From Brad, our Boston correspondent:

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One person was hospitalized after a sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood on the Southeast Side this morning.

Witnesses said the hole opened up around 5 a.m. at 9600 South Houston Avenue, quickly growing from about 20 feet to about 40 feet. First two cars slid in, then a third as the hole widened, witnesses said. A fourth vehicle was towed from the edge as it was about to fall inside, witnesses said.

Merko Krivokuca was driving his silver pickup truck to work when the hole opened up and he drove down into it. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for “a couple of scratches,” according to his father, Peter Krivokuca.

Krivokuca stared in disbelief at the hole as cleanup crews hovered around the area.

Alejandro Filerio said he heard what sounded like a car crash early this morning. He looked out the window and saw a white car and a gold SUV across the street. Figuring it was just a minor accident, he went back to bed.

An hour and a half later, Filerio, 30, stepped onto his porch and saw the giant hole.

Ola Oni said she was about to leave for work at 5 a.m. but had not gotten in her car yet when it suddenly fell into the hole.

“It could have happened to me, I am lucky, I’m happy,” Oni said. “In this kind of neighborhood, I don’t think this should happen.”

She gestured toward the hole. “Look at this, this neighborhood is in danger.”

The sinkhole opened up after a water main broke, according to Tom LaPorte, spokesman for the Water Department.

The heavy rain could have contributed to the break of the cast iron pipe that dates back to 1915, he said. Officials are looking at the age of the main as well as weather conditions.

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Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Aprill 11th, 2013.


A sinkhole measuring nearly 85 meters wide and 15 meters deep engulfed three houses in a town outside Russia’s fifth-largest city Nizhny Novgorod as some residents of the small village were slumbering.

One of the houses in the town of Buturlino was completely demolshed. Residents managed to escape the building a few minutes before it literally collapsed like a house of cards on Wednesday night.

“I just barely left the house as everything around started to collapse,” Aleksey Ionychev told Russia’s Channel One.

“I looked and saw a poplar, 15 to 20 meters high, went under the ground and straight away I heard loud sounds of water running, like a waterfall, and then saw a 10 meters crater,” the man said. “It’s good that we are alive, but the house was new and everything we had, so to say, we lost. The house was not insured and of course no one cares about it.”  

Initial reports suggested people were injured in the incident. However, it was later confirmed that no one sustained traumatic harm. “Information about dead and injured that appeared in media is not true,”  the head of the local administration Nikolay Chichkov told Rossyiskaya Gazeta.

Thirty-three residents of nearby areas have been immediately evacuated. There were no people in one of the collapsed buildings, while the third damaged building was used for grain storage.

The Ionychev family reportedly moved to their relatives’ house, along with other residents.

According to Chichkov, the sinkhole not only demolished the three buildings, but also caused ruptures in electricity and gas utility lines. By the afternoon, gas utilities and power had been restored. The sinkhole remains cordoned off by emergency services.

The reasons behind the accident have not been made public so far. “There is a version that the sinkhole was caused by subterranean waters, which rose due to snow melting,” the regional head wrote on his blog.

Some experts also pointed to a railroad some 90 meters away from the place of the accident.  However, trains are still passing the scene, though they have been forced to slow down to 60 kph.

The town of Buturlino, with a population of 6,500, is some 120 kilometers southeast of the city of Nizhniy Novgorod in central Russia. According to the 2010 census, Nizhniy Novgorod is home to over 1,250,000 people.

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Samara, Russia. April 7th, 2013.

Lots of great sinkholes in Russia this week, there’s an excellent collection of them that our Boston correspondent Brad has sent in, I’m reposting, a lot of red-hot vehicles v Sinkhole action… enjoy!

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it’s like that tongue twister, red lorry yellow lorry…

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Shenzen, China. March 27th, 2013.

Amazing video footage

A 25 year old man was killed by a sinkhole! CCTV cameras caught the whole thing!!!

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A massive sinkhole opened up Wednesday in the southern city of Shenzhen, wreaking havoc at a residential compound and killing one.

According to the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, the sinkhole opened up at a construction site in Shenzhen’s Futian district at around 5:20 p.m. (5:20 a.m. ET). CCTV video from a nearby residential compound shows the ground in front of a tower shaking before suddenly opening up into a chasm in two separate places.

The sinkhole, reportedly 16.5 feet in diameter and four-floors deep, swallowed up a 25-year-old security guard working in the tower. Rescue workers were able to reach the guard and take him to a nearby hospital, but he died soon after.

Shenzhen authorities are still unsure why the collapse happened. Residents interviewed by the Southern Metropolis reported recently feeling multiple tremors in the area around the construction site.

Despite assurances from an expert that unaffected areas of the residential compound were safe, residents there were reportedly reluctant to go back into their homes and instead found alternative places to stay for the night.

This is not the first time that China’s Guangdong province has dealt with mysterious sinkholes. In January, a massive manhole suddenly opened up at a construction site in the city of Guangzhou, bringing down six buildings around it.

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Newcastle, California. March 19th, 2013.

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A Newcastle couple is reacting after finding a sinkhole on their property.

“This looks like the moon,” said Korb, pointing at a sinkhole that caused a pond to drain onto his property.

A few years ago, Korb drained the pond with a pump, he said. The project took him seven days to complete.

The sinkhole emptied the pond much faster: “I would guess probably four to five hours for this whole area to drain,” Korb said.

Now, he’s trying to figure out what made the earth cave in on his property near Dutch Ravine, in an area that’s commonly referred to as “Gold County.”

A sinkhole is defined as movement of the ground downward, Sierra College Professor of Geology Alex Amigo said.

However, in this case, he said, it was probably not caused by groundwater dissolving material.

“There was such a lot of mining activity going on in this area in the past, that we never know when there was a man-made cavity underground,” Amigo said.

There could have been a pre-existing fracture, or a fracture that formed — ultimately, causing the sinkhole.

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Bangor, Maine. March 17th, 2013.

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A sinkhole big enough to swallow a Volkswagen opened up on Lincoln Street next to the Bangor Daily News parking lot on Sunday.  Easy for them to cover eh? Also, someone left a VW beetle parked in view of the hole. This is just too good to be true!!!!

The hole is about three feet deep and eight feet long. Orange cones had been placed around the hole to warn motorists. Bangor Public Works Foreman Matthew Oakes said he had not yet seen the sinkhole, but said it would likely be addressed first thing on Monday.

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