Shocking footage shows moment sinkhole swallows pedestrians in China

Shoppers on a busy street in China were lucky to escape serious injury after a sinkhole suddenly opened up around them.

Security camera footage shows the oblivious shoppers going abut their day in Lanzhou in China's northwest before the ground opens up beneath them.

One woman can be seen pulling her child to safety as the ground gives way, while others quickly run from the scene.

The woman in the white shirt pulls her child in the pink away from the sinkhole. Source: YouTube
The woman in the white shirt pulls her child in the pink away from the sinkhole. Source: YouTube

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The sudden force of the sinkhole almost pulls a large machine into the ground as those who fell down the hole struggle to climb out.

The sinkhole opened up suddenly on the busy pedestrian strip. Source: YouTube
The sinkhole opened up suddenly on the busy pedestrian strip. Source: YouTube
People were pulled to safety. Source: YouTube
People were pulled to safety. Source: YouTube

Local media is reporting two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The area has now been cordoned off.

It comes just weeks after a giant sinkhole opened up in China, swallowing a section of road and passers-by.

At least three people fell into the 30m x 20m sinkhole, which appeared during heavy rain in downtown Zhengzhou.

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