This street was swallowed by a giant hole in Japan

A massive sinkhole is created in the middle of the business district in Fukuoka, southern Japan.
A massive sinkhole is created in the middle of the business district in Fukuoka, southern Japan.

Tokyo - The sinkhole, apparently triggered by subway construction in the area, had exposed the support columns of nearby buildings at a traffic intersection.



By AFP

Published: Tue 15 Nov 2016, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 15 Nov 2016, 1:07 PM

A Japanese city on Tuesday reopened a busy street that collapsed into a giant sinkhole, with the efforts of workers who toiled around the clock for a week drawing praise on social media.
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The gigantic sinkhole, measuring around 30 metres (98 feet) wide and 15 metres deep, appeared last Tuesday in a bustling business district in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, swallowing part of a five-lane street.
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The sinkhole, apparently triggered by subway construction in the area, had exposed the support columns of nearby buildings at a traffic intersection.
Japanese workers toiled continuously for a week, dumping huge amounts of wet cement and sand into the gaping hole and fixing electricity, gas and water lines that had stopped following the accident.
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The street reopened at 5:00 am on Tuesday (2000 GMT Monday), Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima said in a statement, exactly a week after the ground began sinking.
"We're very sorry for causing great trouble," Takashima said, noting that a ban on access to surrounding buildings was lifted.
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Miraculously, no one was hurt in the accident in Fukuoka, the biggest city on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.
Many on social media expressed amazement at the quick recovery.
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"I'm surprised the road reopened in a week!," one Twitter user said.
"Impressive. That was fast," said another.


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