Huge sinkhole near Japanese railway station disrupts lives of travellers

Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016


A massive sinkhole in the centre of the Japanese city of Fukuoka disrupted the lives of numerous commuters on 8th November, Tuesday morning.



Shortly after 5 am local time, the sinkhole appeared in front of the main railway station in the city of Fukuoka and by mid-morning the sinkhole grew in size and a massive 30 metre wide hole appeared in one of the main roads.



It was found that the hole was getting filled with water and the entire incident caused sudden gas leak and power outage in the city.



Authorities of Fukuoka had to evacuate people from all the nearby buildings, especially from the 7-Eleven store, which was right by the giant sinkhole.



The local authorities informed that the sinkhole might be connected to a construction work on an underground train line Nanakuma. They also feared that the incident might trigger some more cave-ins, which could cause the nearby buildings to collapse.



Around 5:15 am local time, the sinkhole appeared at an intersection of the city, near the Hakata Station, which disrupted traffic, banking service and power supply in the entire area.



The airport in Fukuta was also experiencing a temporary blackout that caused the ticket machines to stop working for brief moments.



According to the police and the city office, there were no reports of injury yet.

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