Work begins to fill large sinkhole on Japanese road

Work to refill the giant sinkhole in Fukuoka, Japan, has begun, city officials said on Nov 10, 2016.
Work to refill the giant sinkhole in Fukuoka, Japan, has begun, city officials said on Nov 10, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS/KYODO

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Construction workers have begun filling a large sinkhole that opened up on a major road in southern Japan with around 7,000 cubic metres of soil, local media reported.

The sinkhole, which measured 30 metres long and 15 meters deep, appeared in Fukuoka on Tuesday (Nov 8) morning, swallowing nearby sidewalks and almost consuming several commercial buildings.

The city government started filling the hole on Wednesday with the special soil that contains cement so that it solidifies easily and were optimistic of having the road open by Monday, TV Kyushu said.

Authorities blamed construction on a nearby subway line for the hole. Nobody was injured, but power outages hit 800 households and Fukuoka airport.