At least six people have been killed and another 16 injured after a massive sinkhole opened up and swallowed a bus and pedestrians in China.
Pictures of the road collapse outside a hospital in the city of Xining, in Qinghai province, showed the vehicle almost entirely underground near a bus stop.
Footage posted on social media showed the vehicle gradually sinking into the hole – jutting into the air – as people scrambled for safety.
As it tipped into the chasm, there was an explosion inside the hole, the video showed.
More than 1,000 emergency workers attended the scene at about 5.30pm on Monday.
Rescuers searched for four missing people, while the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
Huge crowds gathered to watch a crane eventually raise the bus from the sinkhole.