Urban Sinkholes in China: Top Ten List (When road swallows car)
(July 5) One person was killed and three were injured in Hunan province after a giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of Xiangjiang Road in Changsha city. It engulfed the BMW car they were travelling in. The pit opening was about 30 square meters, and very deep.
(June 19) The road suddenly collapsed on northeast corner of Des Voeux Road in Xiasha, Hangzhou, but fortunately the owners were not hurt.
(June 11) A car fell into a 3-m deep hole and the driver suffered multiple injuries in Wenzhou City in Zhejiang.
(June 7) A six-foot deep sinkhole suddenly opened up in the middle of a road and swallowed a van whole in Guangxi Province. The driver, who was said to be the only person in the van at the time, was taken to a hospital for injuries. The sinkhole appeared at the intersection of two busy thoroughfares in Guilin City. (Source)
(May 27) Massive collapse on Zhu Road in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province – a length of 15 meters and a width of 10 meters, about 6 meters deep pit.
Sinkholes in China: May 2012
(April 7) A car fell into a pit that opened suddenly on Nanjing West Road in Nanchang, Jianxi. The driver was able to climb out of the vehicle.
(Jan 17) The intersection near Banqiao River in Hefei collapsed suddenly under a moving car. The pit was four meters in diameter, about 3 meters deep. (Source)
(Sept 25, 2011) A car fell into a pit on the 3rd road in Tanggu Haihe Bridge, Tianjin. Fortunately, there were no casualties. (Source)
(Sept 5, 2011) A taxi driver and a passenger were both injured when Minjiang West Road in Deyang, Sichuan, collapsed under the car they were in. The pit was 7.1 m long, 4.6 meters wide and 3 meters deep. The formation of craters is believed to be the result of the “512″ earthquake, which caused massive destruction to urban drainage network system. (Source)
(July 22, 2011) A sinkhole opened up under a parked car on the Xin Jie Kou Wai Avenue Road in Beijing. (Source)
The mysterious occurrence of sinkholes in China has escalated since April this year. The list was compiled by a Chinese blogger and re-blogged by many. People are becoming concerned with what was previously thought as isolated events. One of the most horrific sinkhole-related accidents took place in April when a woman died from 99 percent burns to her body after being scalded by hot water when the sidewalk collapsed. The tragedy sparked public outcry on the need to better fund the municipal crews in Chinese cities. (Source)