3 Dead In Shenzhen Road Collapse [UPDATE: 5 Dead]

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A big hole formed in Shenzhen Longgang District's Henggang Road yesterday at around 9 pm, killing three people. The road collapse is under investigation. Sinkholes are particularly deadly in Shenzhen, apparently. On March 26, surveillance cameras caught footage of a five-by-eight-meter sinkhole killing a man.

When Sinkholes Happen: Surveillance Footage Captures The Ground Opening And Swallowing A Passerby In Shenzhen

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What a world we live in when the ground beneath our feet might open up any moment and suck us under. Yesterday afternoon, a five-by-eight-meter sinkhole that was reportedly four stories deep suddenly formed in a residential compound in Shenzhen. A very unlucky security guard, who happened to be walking past, never stood a chance. He died after efforts to revive him at the hospital failed.

Watch A Road Explode In Southwest China

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An underground pipeline explosion in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region at 2 pm yesterday was captured on tape. A 100-meter stretch of road was destroyed, but the good news is no one died, which is certainly not something we're always able to say about these road collapses.

Quicksand To Blame For A Nanjing Bus Sinking Into A Road

Literally into the road.
Here's what it looks like to have a bus extracted from a sinkhole. Yesterday morning, a passenger bus in Nanjing, Jiangsu province drove over a subway station under construction (specifically Line 3's Daxinggong Station), and the road collapsed. The accident happend at the intersection of Taiping Road South and Zhongshan Road East.

Upon A Massive Fireball Caused By Pipe Explosion, A Man And Young Child Converse

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A neighborhood sinkhole in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province on Saturday afternoon caused a gas pipe to explode, sending up a huge column of fire that scorched several cars and forced hundreds to evacuate. After firefighters controlled the conflagration, the resulting pit in the road was 10 meters in diameter. Luckily, no one was hurt. In the video above, a man and small child (let's just assume father and son) stand at a distance and watch, all the way until there's another explosion -- at which point they scurry.

When A Road Swallows A Vehicle And Kills Someone, That Sucks

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Terrifying. Xinhua reports that “a section of Xiangjiang Road running near Xiangjiang River in Changsha caved in early Thursday, engulfing a passing vehicle and killing at least one person aboard. The cave-in, near the Poly International Plaza, created a 30-square-meter pit on the road.” I have nothing to add. Update, 7/6, 11:51 am: The vehicle had... Read more »

What Does It Feel Like To Be Caught In A Sinkhole?

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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:

An Open Letter To The City Administrators Of Xi’an

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Dear Xi’an, Your roads are not safe. A month ago, we introduced a video of a woman falling through a sidewalk, and while this provided many of us endless laughter, leading me to create a GIF, we were reminded, at the same time, that falling through the street is not normal. In fact, it can have horrifying consequences.... Read more »

Another Pedestrian Falls Through Sidewalk In China, This Time On Video

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"What is it with people falling through the sidewalk in China?" asks Katie, who brought my attention to the above, which happened in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. Remember the woman in Beijing who was plunged into boiling water when the ground inexplicably gave out from under her feet? How can you not remember. Sidewalk. Walking. SUBMERGED BY SCALDING WATER. DISASTER. She would perish from her injuries, which we were told included her skin and flesh getting “almost separated.”

A Horrifying Tale Of Ground Collapsing Underneath Woman, Plunging Her Into Boiling Water

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Shanghaiist has this report from yesterday, and it’s shocking. A woman in Beijing is now in critical condition, with 90% of her skin deeply burned after she fell into hot water beneath the pavement when the road suddenly collapsed, according to Beijing News. Remember when mothers or nannies (or New York City) would tell you not to... Read more »