Giant sinkhole swallows Japan city street

Tokyo—A giant sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing part of a five-lane street near the main railway station.
The gaping hole, around 20 metres (66 feet) by 15, exposed support columns of nearby buildings at a traffic intersection in the southern city of Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses.
TV footage showed two separate holes steadily expanding as they sucked in asphalt and soil in front of the city’s Hakata Station, some time after 5am (2000 GMT Monday).
“It was a bit dark outside, and my first impression was, ‘Is the road really falling?’” a young man who saw the sinkhole form told public broadcaster NHK.—AFP

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