Living a nightmare in China's city of sinkholes

Story highlights

  • When cracks appeared in Xiao's house he feared the worse
  • Xiao's hometown, Jining, is one of China's massive "coal cities"
  • He watched many of his neighbors' homes sink into the ground
  • Officials: Sinkholes devouring 20 million square meters of land here a year
Four months after he built a new, two-story brick house in his village in northern China's Shandong Province, Xiao Guoqiang was alarmed to find a huge crack on the living room wa