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Teen Girl Falls Through Massive Unseen Sidewalk Sinkhole in China

Cab driver climbs down to rescue girl from six-metre deep pit

A teenage girl walking along a sidewalk in China fell six metres into a sinkhole after the seemingly normal section of pavement collapsed right under her feet.

She was talking on her phone, but that distraction can't be blamed for this unknown weak section of sidewalk in Xi'an, the capital of the China's northwest Shaanxi Province.

Luckily, a taxi driver named Wang Wei saw the girl fall, stopped his cab in the middle of the street and jumped out to help.


"I called out to her and she didn't respond," said the cab driver and Good Samaritan in the video above. Wei then climbed into the pit. "After I shook her a little she came to."

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Sinkhole swallows girl in China

A cab driver comes to the rescue of a young girl after she falls into a sinkhole under a pavement in the city of Xi'an in northern China.


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Incredible Images Show Giant Sinkhole In Sweden Keeps Expanding!

It looks like something taken straight from a horror movie. An enormous hole leading to hell, some would say. But this is not a movie.

This is a real and dangerous phenomenon. New shocking images clearly show the enormous pit in Sweden is expanding.

The 200 foot wide open pit is called the "Fabiangropen" (Fabian pit) and is in the Malmberget area is located at Gällivare, 75km from Kiruna, Sweden.

As you can see on the map, it is in the northern regions of Sweden.

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Giant Sinkhole Opens Up on Major Saskatoon Road

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Canada - A sinkhole large enough to drive a car into opened up on a major Saskatchewan road causing traffic chaos.

The three-metre wide chunk of road opened up on Idylwyld Drive north of 39th Street just before 9 a.m. Monday forcing thousands of motorists to take several detours.

It was caused by a break in a 20-centimetre pipe under the road causing water to swirl beneath the asphalt and led to the sinkhole.

"They are totally unpredictable," said public works manager Pat Hyde to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. "This could have been happening for days or weeks."

The city received no reports of vehicles falling into the hole, but one commenter on Yahoo! Canada News joked, "I lost my car in there. It's on top of the Jeep, and under the BMW."

Holes are created because freezing and thawing cycles put pressure along underground pipes causing them to become weak and break. Snow melts forcing moisture into the cracks of roads and when it freezes it expands and makes the small cracks into bigger holes. The warmer winter across much of Canada is resulting in potholes being spotted earlier than normal.

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Update: Philippines: Public Warned: Don't Go Near Sinkhole Site

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Residents of Barangay Cambuang, Dumanjug gather near a sinkhole in a farm few meters from the national road. They said the sinkhole is growing and has already swallowed an electric post and a small mango tree.
People should stay away from the new sinkhole in a farm in Dumanjug town because the soil may "cave in" anytime.

Geologist Maria Elena Lupo gave this warning yesterday as curious onlookers gathered at the site in barangay Cambuang.

"There's no way of knowing how big it will grow and when it will stop. It could suddenly collapse into an unexpected gap," said Lupo, senior geologist of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (DENR-MGB-7).

When Cebu Daily News visited the area yesterday, the ground continued to move.

Lupo, however, said the agency lacks the equipment to check the extent of "cavities" formed underground.

She said these empty gaps on the subsurfaceof the land are often found in volcanic or limestone areas.

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Philippines: Sinkhole Stirs Village Still Nervous on Quake

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Residents of Barangay Cambuang, Dumanjug gather near a sinkhole in a farm few meters from the national road. They said the sinkhole is growing and has already swallowed an electric post and a small mango tree.
Residents of a village here expressed alarm over a sinkhole that formed after an explosion, reviving tension in a community that is still nervous following an intensity 6.9 earthquake recently.

The hole was first discovered by a farm caretaker in Barangay Cambuang on Friday. It was initially the size of a frying pan, said Walter Pesablon, 36, who was watching over a 3-hectare farm in the village.

Pesablon said he didn't pay much attention to the hole at first, but when he returned to look at it after having breakfast, he noticed the soil moving and cracks forming around the hole.

An hour later, an explosion shattered the early morning silence of the village.

Pesablon said he checked again and saw a hole with a diameter of about 10 meters. By noon, it grew to 12 meters, the farm caretaker said. The next day, the hole had grown to about 20 meters in diameter and it appeared to be further increasing in size.

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Russia: Giant Sinkhole in Dagestan

Sinkhole near the village of Gurbuki Karabudakhkent in Dagestan. Scientist are trying to find out what caused this giant sinkhole.

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Russian city livid after toddler lost in urban sinkhole

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Mother and her child fall in hole in Bryansk.
A normal weekend stroll with her one-and-a-half year-old son turned tragic for a young mother in the western Russian city of Bryansk, when the ground opened up under her feet.

­Tatyana Didenko, 26, and her only son Kirill fell into a sinkhole on a busy street in Bryansk Sunday. The woman was saved by her husband Vladimir Didenko, a traffic police officer - someone called him shortly following the accident, and he was not far from the scene, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. "He pulled his wife out, she caught the edge of the ditch and held on," witnesses told the newspaper. "But he couldn't manage to save the child," they added.

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Pennsylvania, US: Giant sinkhole opens in Homewood

A collapsed sewer line caused a giant sinkhole to open up in Homewood on Thursday morning.

Officials from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said a 20-inch sewer line collapsed and caused the sinkhole on Brushton Avenue just before 3 a.m.

Loretta Cousin said the situation could have been a lot more dangerous.

"Someone could have easily driven through there," Cousin said. "That ground just sunk, and cars can't go over it."

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Pennsylvania, US: Massive sinkhole prompts evacuations, need to move dozens of graves and relocate families


A broken water main may be to blame for creating a sinkhole that has put a dozen nearby homes and scores of grave sites in peril.

The reports of the sinkhole began coming in around 9 a.m. Thursday from the 300 block of N. 10th St. in Allentown.

Officials evacuated at least 15 homes in the area. The fate of those homes has yet to be determined.

Inspectors spent the afternoon evaluating their structural integrity, but won't know what's up until the size of the sinkhole is calculated.

Several of the homes have shifted because of the sinkhole, leaving cracks inside, said fire officials.

Many of the evacuees will spend the night elsewhere, worrying about what could happen.

"Three of the homes have major shifting issues that you can physically see. You can see the doors don't open, cracks in the walls and in the foundations," said Asst. Chief, Lee Laubach, Allentown Fire Dept. "So, those are the three no-go homes right now."