China Sinkhole Forces Hundreds To Evacuate
(June 2) More than 800 villagers have been evacuated after land sank in southern China’s Guangxi province, which is known for its karst topography. The official Xinhua News Agency reported the sink hole is 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep and 2.5 meters (8 feet) wide and has caused one building to collapse, six to tilt and another to crack. There were no reports of injuries, but 844 villagers were evacuated. (Source)
Sinkholes and land cracks have been common in China in recent years, partly because of intense construction and mining activities coupled with insufficient geological regulation. The ground has started to shift and the hole will probably grow to over 200 feet or larger and 40 to 50 feet deep. What caused the building damage was ground movement toward the hole - this is just the beginning of the collapse.