Huge Sinkhole Appears in Fukuoka (News)


The sinkhole opened up near JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on the morning of November 8, 2016. (©Jiji)

Fukuoka, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)—A massive street sinkhole appeared near a major train station in the southwestern city of Fukuoka on Tuesday morning, leading one person to suffer injuries.

The sinkhole, which is some 30 meters long, 27 meters wide, and 15 meters deep, emerged after the road caved in near JR Kyushu's Hakata Station in the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, the police department of the prefecture said.

A construction worker made an emergency police call around 5:15 a.m., reporting that the road collapsed.

The Fukuoka city government issued an evacuation order to residents in areas around the site at 9:45 a.m. and set up an evacuation center in the ward.

At the site, work was under way to extend a municipally run subway line, according to officials of the transportation bureau of the city of Fukuoka.

Work Ongoing to Fill Sinkhole

Fukuoka, Nov. 9 (Jiji Press)—Work is continuing on Wednesday to fill with soil containing cement a huge sinkhole that opened under a major street in a business district in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka the previous day.

An evacuation order remains in place for people using buildings near the hole site. The city government plans to commence work to fully restore utility services after the filling is completed.

On Wednesday, the city held talks with the parties concerned, including general contractor Taisei Corp., a core member of a consortium extending a municipal subway line under the street, on how to proceed with the restoration work.

Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima told reporters that the city intends to complete the restoration work this week and to fully restart utility services by Sunday. The filling work started on Tuesday afternoon.

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