Huge sinkhole opens up in northern France

Construction workers at the site of a large sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on Tuesday. The sinkhole - five metres deep and 10 metres wide - appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on Sunday. The local municipal ser
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Construction workers at the site of a large sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on Tuesday.

The sinkhole - five metres deep and 10 metres wide - appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on Sunday.

The local municipal services believe it could have been triggered by the collapse of a medieval cellar under a pub in the vicinity.

Gas and electricity supplies in the area were cut off and local media said nobody is believed to have been hurt when the sinkhole appeared.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline 'Huge sinkhole opens up in northern France'. Print Edition | Subscribe