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Giant Sinkhole Eats Buildings in China

No injuries, but deep hole is still growing

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2013 9:30 AM CST
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(Newser) – This brings new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop." Five stores and one building were swallowed by a giant sinkhole in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, and the collapse was caught on video, reports the Christian Science Monitor. All of the approximately 300 people inside were evacuated safely before the buildings fell, thanks to the quick action of a team of construction workers at a nearby subway site, who noticed the ground was giving way and alerted those inside. It's unclear if the nearby construction triggered the 30-foot-deep sinkhole, which measures 3,200 square feet—and is growing.

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