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400 relocated because of ground cracks in Hubei


12-14-2016 03:49 BJT

More than 400 villagers have been evacuated after huge cracks and cave-ins appeared in Jingmen City, in central China’s Hubei province. No casualties have been reported yet.

Wide cracks stretching up to hundreds of meters suddenly appeared early Saturday morning. Fish ponds dried up, buildings collapsed and roads gave way, after land subsidence extended across most parts of the village.

Local authorities immediately cordoned off the village. The region was previously a gypsum-mining area and was abandoned eight years ago.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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