Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Japan: Huge sinkhole at subway construction site causes havoc in Fukuoka (video)

A huge sinkhole opened up on a major road in downtown Fukuoka on Tuesday morning, disrupting traffic, power supplies and banking systems, with local authorities evacuating nearby areas for fear of gas leaks and more cave-ins.

No injuries have been reported at the sinkhole near JR Hakata Station following the safe evacuation of the dozens of workers on site.

But a woman in her 70s was hurt as she fell during the blackout caused by the collapse, rescue officials said.

The road apparently caved in around 5:15 a.m. at a crossing near the station in the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture, a popular destination for foreign travelers, the southwestern Japan city office said.
 Kyodo News

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