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Land subsidence: Is doomsday coming?

(People's Daily Online)

08:48, February 24, 2012

A land subsidence occurs in a residential community in Wenling, Zhejiang province on Feb. 21, 2012. (China News Service/Zhu Haiwei)

Edited and translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

The land subsidence caused the surface to drop about 1 meter.

Residents believed this land fall was due to the nearby building construction and said they dare not to move in.

Investigation of the cause is still underway.

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Ron at 2012-02-24113.231.244.*
The answer is that you have what is called a sinkhole. China is pumping far more fresh water out of the aquifer than rain is putting in. When the underground water level drops, caves that were once filled with water are now filled with air. Air is less dense than water so that weak points will collapse. This is just one reason why moving millions of people into cities may not be a good idea.

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