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Huge sinkhole opens up in Fukuoka, Japan

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Huge sinkhole opens up in Fukuoka, Japan

Yesterday, a five-lane road located in the middle of Fukuoka, the Japanese city, disappeared in a giant sinkhole, Al Jazeera reports.

As a measure of safety precaution, the local authorities evacuated residents living in nearby buildings of the city located on the north coast of Kyushu.

The width of the sinkhole near Hakata Station is 27 meters and its length is 30 meters. Some pipelines broke and the water flooded the 15-metre-deep hole.

In most cases, sinkholes are caused by bad weather. The ground collapses when the rock underneath the surface soil, a bedrock, gives way. This often occurs when the bedrock is made of tiny pieces of rock.

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