Road plummets in on itself in Japanese sinkhole

Road plummets in on itself in Japanese sinkhole

Fresh video has emerged of the moment a massive sinkhole ripped open a road in Fukuoka, Japan.

The amateur footage, filmed from a nearby building, shows the centre of the road collapsing in on itself at around 5am on Tuesday (local time) after the edges of the street had already caved in.

Dust was sent flying as the road came crashing down, collecting a streetlight on its way.

The sinkhole was around 30 metres by 27 metres - about the size of two netball courts side by side. It gapes down a massive 15 metres.

It caused a powercut to more than 150 nearby buildings, as well as affecting local water and gas supplies.

Miraculously, no one was injured in the collapse, although several nearby buildings had to be evacuated due to safety concerns.

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