Japan’s mega-sinkhole is repaired in just a WEEK (remember that next time you’re caught up in roadworks or hit another pot hole)
- Constructions teams worked around the clock to fix the damage in the city of Fukuoka
- The gaping chasm measured around 30 metres wide and 15 metres deep
- Social media users have voiced their amazement after it opened so fast
- The city’s mayor, Soichiro Takashima, apologized for the inconvenience
While motorists around the world endure the misery of pothole damage, authorities in Japan have given a lesson in efficiency – by fixing a huge sinkhole in just one week.
The gaping chasm measured around 30 metres wide and 15 metres deep, yet now the road is completely reopened.
Many people have expressed their amazement at the fast repair work.
The busy road pictured last week (left) and today (right) after crews worked around the clock to ensure it opened again seven days after collapsing
Workers dumped huge amounts of wet cement and sand into the huge hole and fixing electricity, gas and water lines, as shown in this picture taken on Thursday last week
What a difference a week makes: The five-land stretch of road today (left) and in the aftermath of the collapse
Huge damage: The gaping chasm measured around 30 metres wide and 15 metres deep
Construction teams in Fukuoka, in the southwest of the country, worked around the clock, dumping huge amounts of wet cement and sand into the huge hole and fixing electricity, gas and water lines.
It is thought the road collapsed because subway construction exposed support columns of nearby buildings.
The city’s mayor, Soichiro Takashima, said in a statement: ‘We’re very sorry for causing great trouble.’
Burst water mains spewed a torrent of muddy water into the giant hole, which caused chaos in the city’s business district
Massive problem: Nearby buildings had to be evacuated as a result of the road collapse
Miraculously, no one was hurt when the road collapsed in Fukuoka, which is the biggest city on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.
Many on social media expressed amazement at the quick recovery.
‘I’m surprised the road reopened in a week!’ one Twitter user said.
The road reopened in just a week after a huge repair operation which saw teams operating around the clock
Construction teams worked around the clock to repair the damage to the road following the sudden collapse
‘Impressive. That was fast,’ said another.
The street reopened at 5am on Tuesday.
The massive cave-in appeared in the city’s bustling Hakata district, a major business and entertainment centre, with muddy underground water flowing into the hole.
Scale of the problem: An aerial photo of the city’s business district shows the size of the gaping sinkhole which opened up
It happened in the business district of the city of Fukuoka
‘I saw a stop light fall. It was really scary,’ one man told Fuji TV after it happened.
The sinkhole is believed to be about 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep.
Further reading (updated 29 November 2016): “Panic in Japan as giant sinkhole which was repaired in just a week begins to sink again, forcing road to close (so did they carry out the repairs too quickly?)”, Mail Online, 28 November 2016