Date
8 December 2016
A huge sinkhole is seen at an intersection near Hakata station in Fukuoka on Tuesday. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters
A huge sinkhole is seen at an intersection near Hakata station in Fukuoka on Tuesday. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters

Huge sinkhole swallows street in Japanese city

A huge sinkhole has opened in the commercial district of a Japanese city, triggering power cuts and gas leaks.

There were no reports of injuries, but pictures on social media showed several buildings perched precariously on the edge of the sinkhole, the Guardian reports.

The sinkhole formed in front of the main railway station in the southwestern city of Fukuoka shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing local media reports.

By mid-morning an entire section of a main road had caved in and the 20 meter-wide hole had started to fill with water, the report said.

Local government officials blamed the collapse on construction work on a nearby underground train line.

People working in nearby buildings were told to evacuate.

“The electricity went off suddenly and I head a loud boom,” Kyodo news agency quoted a witness as saying.

“I went outside and saw a huge hole.”

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