Sinkhole causes chaos in Xiamen

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A massive sinkhole swallowed up several cars and part of a busy road intersection in Xiamen, China at 9:50 pm on Thursday, Chinese officials told China News.

The state-run media reports that 500 square meters of the road had collapsed near Xiamen Metro's Lucuo Station.

Social media footage on China News shows at least two cars that had fallen into the pit.

Chinese officials told the outlet that all personnel trapped in the sinkhole had been rescued and that no one was injured in the incident.

According to China News, an underground pipe or pipes was damaged during the incident and caused flooding to the area.

Citing Chinese netizens on Weibo, Taiwan's Liberty Times speculated that the water main might have been damaged prior to the incident and had caused the collapse to occur.

The incident went viral on Chinese social media and netizens posted videos of brown water inundating Lucuo station up to ankle depth.

Chinese officials say that the subway system will resume normal operations by 8:30pm today.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Sinkhole opens on the road and cars fall into it
2. Rescuers evacuate people trapped into the pit
3. Underground pipe damaged sometime around the incident
4. Flooding occurred at Xiamen Metro's Lucuo station


VOICEOVER (in English):
"A massive sinkhole swallowed up several cars and part of a busy road intersection in Xiamen, China at 9:50 pm on Thursday."

"According to state-run media China News, 500 square meters of the road had collapsed near Xiamen Metro's Lucuo Station."

"A nearby dash cam captured this footage of the incident moments before the road collapsed."

"Social media footage on China News shows at least two cars that had fallen into the pit."

"Chinese officials told the outlet that all personnel trapped in the sinkhole had been rescued and that no one was injured in the incident."

"According to China News, an underground pipe or pipes was damaged during the incident and caused flooding to the area."

"Citing Chinese netizens on Weibo, Taiwan's Liberty Times speculated that the water main might have been damaged prior to the incident and had caused the collapse to occur."

"The incident went viral on Chinese social media and netizens posted videos of brown water inundating Lucuo station up to ankle depth."

"Chinese officials say that the subway system will resume normal operations by 8:30pm today."

SOURCES: Beijing News, Liberty Times, Amoy Transit Rail (Weibo), China News
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2019/12/13/661333.html
https://news.ltn.com.tw/amp/news/world/breakingnews/3007554
https://www.weibo.com/u/3108927017?is_hot=1
http://www.chinanews.com/sh/2019/12-13/9032631.shtml