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The Gap Is Widening

26 December 2007

A week ago on 18 Dec, a Chinese villager collecting wild fruits on a mountain, in Hunan Province, noticed on a rocky hillside a narrow crack about 2-3cm in width.

When four days later on the winter solstice he went to check the crack again, he found to his great astonishment that the gap on the ground broadened dramatically, and around the area more cracks appeared.

The size of the cracks kept increasing at a rate of 2-3cm per hour; by 23 Dec, the biggest one measured 1.8m wide, which forced the evacuation of 27 households in a nearby village that are under the threat of a landslide disaster, as the top part of the hill with the total volume estimated at 300,000 cubic metres could collapse at any time.

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