Gi­gan­tic sink­hole swal­lows in­ter­sec­tion in Ja­panese city

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Agi­gan­tic sink­hole has opened in the south­west­ern Ja­panese city of Fukuoka, swal­low­ing huge sec­tions of road near un­der­ground work to ex­tend a sub­way tunnel.

A 7-to 8-me­ter-wide hole was first re­ported early Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Mo­to­hisa Oda, a cri­sis man­age­ment of­fi­cer from the city of Fukuoka. Nearby res­i­dents were evac­u­ated, and five ma­jor roads cor­doned off in Hakata ward in Fukuoka’s busi­ness dis­trict. The gap­ing hole -- which started off as two smaller ones be­fore merg­ing into the larger cav­ity -ap­peared 300 me­ters from the JR Hakata rail­way sta­tion. The sink­hole is now a whop­ping 27 me­ters wide, 30 me­ters long and 15 me­ters deep.

It is filled with wa­ter that seeped in from sewage pipes de­stroyed by col­laps­ing sec­tions of road.

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