Sinkholes Appearing Around China, Chinese Netizen Reactions

2010 June 4, the road surface suddenly collapsed at the 1478km+520m marker on the Zhejiang Huang Qu Nan highway heading towards Nanping, with a doline/sinkhole measuring 8 meters in diameter and 10 meters in depth, which just happened to include the highway’s main driving lane and passing lane.

2010 May 31, tropical storm “Agatha” swept across Central America. While under this hurricane, a sinkhole reaching 60 meters in depth appeared in the capital of Guatemala. It is said that a three story building fell into the hole..

Here are some additional China sinkhole photographs from a post titled “Sinkholes discovered around China causes alarm” on NetEase and another post titled “Recently huge sinkholes have appeared in many places, but what are they indicating/predicting?” on Tianya:

“It’s dangerous! Please don’t come close.”

2010 May 27 at dawn, in Chengdu Dayi Xinchang town, village resident Mr. Hou discovered a sinkhole while irrigating his rice field. The second day, he discovered yet another hole while watering his rice paddies 3 days later, in Chongzhou City Huaiyuan Town, village resident Mr. Zhou also discovered a sinkhole. Contrary to what villagers believe, two “sinkholes” are not precursors to earthquakes. This is considered normal geological activity.” Said Sichuan Province Geological Engineering Institute professor and senior engineer Liu Junxian.

Beginning 2010 April 27, several sinkholes appeared one after another in Yinbin City of Sichuan province, with the number of sinkholes numbering over a dozen. The local land department has stated that the “sinkholes” were caused by coal mining, and through investigation has confirmed that there is no impact upon villagers.

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