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Sinkholes Appearing Around China, Chinese Netizen Reactions

A sinkhole in the middle of a road in China.

From Kaixin001:

1. 2010 June 4, the road surface suddenly collapsed at the 1478km+520m marker on the Zhejiang Huang Qu Nan highway heading towards Nanping, with a doline/sinkhole measuring 8 meters in diameter and 10 meters in depth, which just happened to include the highway’s main driving lane and passing lane.

Sinkhole in an expressway in Zhejiang China.

2. 2010 May 31, tropical storm “Agatha” swept across Central America. While under this hurricane, a sinkhole reaching 60 meters in depth appeared in the capital of Guatemala. It is said that a three story building fell into the hole.

Sinkole in capital of Guatemala after tropical storm Agatha.

3. 2010 May 27 at dawn, in Chengdu Dayi Xinchang town, village resident Mr. Hou discovered a sinkhole while irrigating his rice field. The second day, he discovered yet another hole while watering his rice paddies 3 days later, in Chongzhou City Huaiyuan Town, village resident Mr. Zhou also discovered a sinkhole. Contrary to what villagers believe, two “sinkholes” are not precursors to earthquakes. This is considered normal geological activity.” Said Sichuan Province Geological Engineering Institute professor and senior engineer Liu Junxian.

A sinkhole in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China.

4. Beginning 2010 April 27, several sinkholes appeared one after another in Yinbin City of Sichuan province, with the number of sinkholes numbering over a dozen. The local land department has stated that the “sinkholes” were caused by coal mining, and through investigation has confirmed that there is no impact upon villagers.

A large sinkhole in Sichuan province of China.

5. 2009 June 13, a dried up fish pond in Yiling Village of Shuangqiao Town of Wuming County of Guangxi Province suddenly collapsed, becoming an 80 meter wide, 20 meter deep circular pit. There are also many cracks around the sinkhole, with the cracks growing in size.

Sinkhole from a dried fish pond in Guangxi province.

Here are some additional China sinkhole photographs from a post titled “Sinkholes discovered around China causes alarm” on NetEase and another post titled “Recently huge sinkholes have appeared in many places, but what are they indicating/predicting?” on Tianya:

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A sinkhole in the middle of a road in China.

Filling in a sinkhole in China.

A Chinese man measures the depth of a sinkhole with string.

A sinkhole filled with water.

A Chinese villager looks into a sinkhole found in his rice paddy.

A car stuck above a sinkhole that formed underneath the road.

Comments from Tianya:

木羽2009:

Will what was the ocean become land and what is now land become the ocean?

dreamis:

Aliens come out of these holes?

党的利剑与强盾:

Premier Wen is current selling ark tickets, with the governments of many countries stepping down one after another after getting their tickets.

silenthammer:

God is very angry with earthlings polluting behavior and has decided to punish earthlings.

不包庇一个好人:

Before experts have refuted the rumors,
don’t be scared.

zzinzaghi:

Guatemala, that one is a little too frightening.

心若淡烟:

Were there others before, except they were simple harmonized…?

And now information spreads too fast on the internet, so the moment something happens everyone knows before it can be harmonized…?

滚滚宝:

This is definitely something fresh I have never seen before.

Why are the holes so round, even humans can’t make it this round.

Why is there such frequency and intensity?

Why aren’t there any reasonable explanations?

Comments from NetEase:

网易河南郑州网友:

Sigh, have aliens attacked? Here in Zhengzhou, there was a report just yesterday that a sinkhole was discovered, and allegedly the interior diameter is 3 meters. Scary!

网易重庆网友:

Closer and closer to 2012!

网易广西南宁网友:

Why be alarmed like this? Is it too frequent, or do you care too much? If there really is a 2012, then no one can stop it.

网易上海闵行网友:

This is something that appears a lot in disaster films, as early warnings before the disaster. Yeah, the movies that do not include these are all unprofessional.

网易北京海淀网友:

Let’s organize ourselves and quickly go to Tibet to find the ark.

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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