Footage: The Moment A Sinkhole Opens And Swallows Pedestrians

CCTV captured the moment a large sinkhole opened up and swallowed pedestrians on a Chinese street.

The video, posted to Twitter by People's Daily China, showed footage from October 7, purportedly from the city of Dazhou.

People are walking along the pavement when the ground suddenly gives way beneath them, and they disappear into the yawning hole.

Later video shows emergency service workers helping victims out of the hole, which appears to measure several metres across.

More of the pavement falls into the hole, and emergency workers have to leap to safety as the ground inside the hole gives way yet again.