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Giant Sinkhole Swallows an Entire Bus
Published on: 2020-01-21
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053An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people.

052Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle - jutting into the air - sank into the ground.

Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.

050Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country's rapid pace of development.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province.

A search and rescue operation involving more than 1,000 people and 30 vehicles was under way. An investigation into the cause has been opened.

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