Massive sinkhole opens up in Japanese city street video

A giant sinkhole swallows the road in the Japanese city of Fukuoka.

A huge sinkhole has crashed banking systems, caused power outages and major traffic disruptions in downtown Fukuoka, Japan.

The hole measured about 30m long, 27m wide and 15m deep as at 10am Monday, local time (2pm NZT). However, it was continuing to grow, police said.

It opened up near a construction site for a subway line, reported the Japan Times.

Police delivered evacuation notices to people in the area, and roads in the vicinity were closed.
KYODO/REUTERS

Police delivered evacuation notices to people in the area, and roads in the vicinity were closed.

Authorities were investigating if the incident, which occurred about 5.15am local time, was caused by the works.

The city delivered evacuation notices to offices in the area, fearing the cave-in would cause surrounding buildings to collapse.

The 27m-wide sinkhole opened up at an intersection in the city centre of Fukuoka, Japan.
Kyodo/Reuters

The 27m-wide sinkhole opened up at an intersection in the city centre of Fukuoka, Japan.

Roads in the vicinity were also closed.

Police told household residents to avoid using gas to prevent gas leaks.

There were no reports of injuries.

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