In video: Giant hole swallows three stores in China

30, 2013
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A giant hole swallowed three shops in a street in the center of Guangzhou, capital of southern Province Guangdong, China.

The buildings disappeared into the ground at a crossroads. One after another, each structure collapsed into a pile of rubble, leaving a hole 30 feet deep in the commercial zone.

Incredibly, no one was injured in the accident, which occurred near a construction site of the subway tunnel, reported Xinhua news agency.

Construction workers had realized land subsidence near the scene around 16:40 and helped evacuate the area.

A witness identified as Xu said several trees fell around 16:30, before a pair of two-story buildings collapsed.

Another building of about five or six floors collapsed at 6:30 pm, said Xu.

From 20:00, rescuers took risk prevention methods by pouring concrete into the hole. Monitoring statistics show no extra risk and the accident is stable.

Rescuers said at least three buildings were destroyed in the accident in the Liwan district.

Guangzhou Metro Corporation reported what had happened on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

The cause of the incident is being investigated. It is the latest in a series of problems for the construction industry in China when the country’s economy develops rapidly.

Six major bridges have collapsed throughout the country since July last year.