Japanese mense got the fright of their lives when this road caved in.
The giant sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy city yesterday, swallowing part of a five-lane street near the main Hakaka railway station.
The hole, around 30 metres wide, exposed support columns of nearby buildings at a huge intersection in Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses.
It’s believed the sinkhole started out as two holes which eventually became one.
“It was a bit dark outside, and my first impression was, ‘Is the road really falling?’” said a young man who saw the sinkhole develop.
The hole continued to expand and by afternoon was around 15 metres deep, and filling with water from broken pipes.
Police, who had cordoned off the area and evacuated buildings, said there had been no reports of any injuries.
Fukuoka’s mayor and transport bureau said construction work to a nearby subway line might have triggered the sinkhole.