Two weeks ago, Alicia wondered what it would be like to fall through a sinkhole. We now have an answer, thanks to a man in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, who last Thursday had the misfortune of sitting in a minibus just before it was engulfed by a hole opened out of the earth’s stygian depths:
“I thought it was an earthquake. The ground suddenly disappeared from underneath and there was this tremendous crack and a rumbling,” the driver, who had managed to scramble to safety, told police.
So the answer to our question: earthquake.