NATURE WORLD NEWS – Nov 9, 2016 – A busy street in a Japanese city was swallowed by a sinkhole near an underground train construction site.
The city of Fukuoka in southern Japan stood witness as a five-lane highway was engulfed by a giant sinkhole. The sinkhole was attributed to the nearby underground subway tunnel works.
At first, the sinkhole was only about 7 to 8 meters, based on reports the authorities received on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The hole later developed into its current size that managed to devour the city streets in Fukuoka.
Before the incident, some residents were already evacuated due to the threat. There were a number of small holes that started to grow and merge together from smaller once creating a giant sinkhole that is about 300 meters from the JR Hakata railway station. The sinkhole is reportedly 27 meters wide, 30 meters long and 15 meters deep, according to a report by CNN.