Massive sinkhole rips apart Japanese street

Massive sinkhole rips apart Japanese street

A giant hole now yawns in a Japanese street, after a massive sinkhole collapsed the five-lane road.

The road in Fukuoka sank in on itself at around 5am on Tuesday (local time), stretching down 15 metres and measuring 27 metres wide by 30 metres long.

Several nearby buildings had to be evacuated due to safety concerns, but no one was injured.

The cause of the collapse is being investigated, but it's thought nearby construction work on a subway could have been a factor.

Local electricity, water and gas supplies were affected and power was cut to more than 150 buildings.