It looks like the gates of hell opening up, but was probably caused by subway tunneling.

The gates of hell have opened up in Japan. Well, not really, but this footage of a sinkhole collapse in Japan is certainly very scary. Indeed, it could easily be from one of Roland Emmerich’s many end of the world movies.

The hole closed down large parts of the city of Fukuoka, in the south west of Japan. It was first spotted in the early hours of Tuesday morning under an intersection in the Hakata area of the business district.

 

What started as two separate holes soon become one massive void, measuring 98 feet (30 meters) long, 89 ft (27 m) wide, and 49 ft (15 m) deep.

 

It isn’t currently known what caused the hole to open up. But city officials admitted it could be related to nearby tunneling work being carried out to extend a subway line, reports CNN.

Power went out to 170 homes in the area, and local gas companies checked for leaks. A huge amount of water and sewage leaked into the hole.

According to the Japan Times, city mayor Soichiro Takashima said the hole would be filled in within a day or so. About 247,203 cubic feet (7,000 subic meters) of a soil and cement mixture that solidifies very quickly would be poured in. It is hoped the five major roads that had to be cordoned off will be open by early next week.

So it's not the end of the world, then. Despite what this Twitterer thought.

 

It's undoubtedly a weird, wild world out there, though.

Source: CNN; Japan Times

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