Dazhou, China

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Deadly sink­hole: A sink­hole opened up sud­denly in a sidewalk in a com­mer­cial district of the Chi­nese city of Dazhou this week, send­ing four peo­ple plung­ing 30 feet to their deaths. Two vic­tims, a re­cently mar­ried cou­ple, were pulled alive from the pit but later died in the hospi­tal; the bod­ies of the other two, a man and his son, were re­trieved later. Au­thor­i­ties evacuated nearby build­ings, fear­ing that the 100-square-foot sink­hole might ex­pand. Sink­holes are of­ten formed when acidic rain­wa­ter dis­solves lime­stone or sim­i­lar rock be­neath the ground, leav­ing a void; shoddy con­struc­tion plan­ning and poor drainage can ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem.

Head­ing into the hole

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