Monster sinkhole repaired in just 48 hours

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2:09 pm
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By Mike Atkinson | Drive Producer and Public Relations Officer

Japan is leading the way once again, however this time it doesn’t involve technology or ASIMO the robot.

A monster sinkhole that opened in the heart of Fukuoka, Japan, swallowing parts of the main street and growing to more than half the size of an Olympic pool has been fixed in under 48 hours.

The Japan Times reported that workers put in an around the clock effort to fill in the section of the road with 6,200 cubic metres of sand and cement.


The road reopened on Tuesday November 15 after officials declared the repaired stretch safe to the public.

The mayor of Fukuoka, Soichiro Takashima, said the ground was now 30 times stronger than before. A panel of experts will be appointed to establish the cause of the hole.

The sinkhole began as 7-to-8-meter smaller holes just 300 meters from the JR Hakata railway station and grew to more than half the size of an Olympic pool (30m), also filled with water from sewage pipes. No one was injured.

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