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Giant sinkhole swallows up busy intersection in Japan’s Fukuoka city

A giant sinkhole appeared on a main road in downtown Fukuoka – located on Japan’s Kyushu Island – on Tuesday (Nov 8) morning, disrupting traffic and causing power failures.

Local media reports, quoting police and city officials, said the road caved in near the busy Hakata at around 5.15am local time.

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Fukuoka Gov. Hiroshi Ogawa indicated his intent to work with the city to understand the extent of the accident.

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 city said.

A photo, which was taken by a person working nearby early in the morning and offered to Kyodo News, and others shared on Twitter and other Internet sites, indicated there were initially two holes that merged into one larger one.

“The power was out all of a sudden and I heard a loud boom. I went outside and saw a huge hole,” a witness who had been in a building near the accident site said.

The underground construction work suspected to be linked to the latest accident began in 2013, aiming to extend the Nanakuma Line some 1.4 kilometers towards Hakata Station by 2020.

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