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Sinkhole Swallows People at Harbin Bus Stop

A sinkhole in Harbin swallowed 4 people who were waiting for their bus this weekend. Security cameras captured the frightening moment

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A sinkhole in Harbin swallowed 4 people who were waiting for their bus this weekend. Security cameras captured the frightening moment.

On August 27, a handful of people was waiting at a busstop in China’s northeastern city of Harbin, when the ground underneath their feet suddenly collapsed. Security cameras have captured the incident.

The incident happened within seconds; one moment people are waiting for their bus to arrive, and in the blink of an eye they have been swallowed by the sinkhole. The footage shows one person holding on to an underground pipe. Bystanders were able to pull the people out. Four of them have been treated in the hospital for minor injuries on their shoulders and legs.

According to reports, the sinkhole was approximately 3 meters deep.

Lawyer Zheng‘ says on Weibo: “As you sleep, the floor collapses, as you sleep, things blow up, as you walk, the bridge collapses, as you wait for the bus, the busstop is swallowed by a sinkhole,..these are not natural disasters, these are human disasters.”

The Harbin sinkhole is another incident in a series of bizarre bigger and smaller incidents. Weibo user Zheng refers to, amongst others, the Tianjin explosions on August 12.

On July 26, a 30-year-old woman died when the top of an escalator at a Jinzhou department store suddenly collapsed. A few days later, a young woman was killed in Hangzhou when the elevator she was entering suddenly went up.

It is also not the first time people have been hurt by sinkholes in China. In 2013, five people were killed when the ground in Shenzhen collapsed. The hole was 4 meters deep. In the same year, a truck was swallowed by a sinkhole in China’s southern province of Yunnan.

By Manya Koetse

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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