Shocking video captures moment man is swallowed by 52-foot deep sinkhole

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-30 10:51:23-04

Take a look at this incredible video coming out of China — where a massive sinkhole swallowed a 25-year-old man in seconds.

The video, which was captured by 2 closed-circuit TV cameras, shows the man identified as Yang Jiabin walking in Shenzhen near a construction site when suddenly a 26-foot wide, 52 foot deep sinkhole suddenly opens up and swallows him alive.

Despite a quick response from rescue workers, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shocking incident caused officials to evacuate nearby residents.

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The shocking moment a man was swallowed by a massive sinkhole while walking along a street in China. (YOUTUBE)

According to published reports, over 100 sinkholes have formed in Beijing over the past two months. Poorly planned development is said to be the main factor.

Earlier this month, 43-year-old Mark Mihal nearly died when he was swallowed by a sinkhole while playing golf on a course near St. Louis.

Weeks before that, a Florida man was killed when a sinkhole opened up under his home. His body was never recovered.