Huge sinkhole opens in Japanese city swallowing four-lane intersection and triggering power outage

The astonishing moment the sinkhole opened was caught on camera by a stunned bystander

A huge and growing sinkhole has opened up in a southern Japanese city, triggering a power outage.

The sinkhole appeared at dawn on Tuesday in Fukuoka City, near Hakata Station, Japanese media reported.

It measured about 30 metres long (98 ft), 27 metres (88 ft) wide, and 15 metres (49 ft) deep.

The astonishing moment the sinkhole opened was caught on camera by a stunned bystander.
Japanese news footage showed the hole swallowing an entire four-lane intersection, close to commercial buildings and shops.

The prefectural government is investigating the possibility that the hole may have been caused by an ongoing construction to extend the current subway lines in the city, local media reported.

City authorities are currently working to stop the expanding sinkhole, and are looking to fill the hole with earth as soon as possible to prevent nearby buildings from collapsing, Japanese media said.

Local authorities also warned residents of a possible gas leak and told people not to light cigarettes.

The local government also ordered an evacuation of the surrounding areas around the sinkhole earlier today, and the police have blocked off the area, local media said

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