back to top

People Are Crazy Impressed With Japan For Fixing A Giant Sinkhole In Two Days

Well, that didn't take long.

Posted on

A giant sinkhole opened up on a busy road in the Japanese city of Fukuoka on November 8.

Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images

The hole, which was 30 metres wide and 15 metres deep, took over the entire five-lane road and is believed to have been triggered by the construction of a nearby subway tunnel.

CNN captured footage of the ground falling in on the busy road. One hundred and seventy homes lost power following the cave-in, but luckily no one was injured.

A gigantic sinkhole 50 feet deep swallowed a huge section of a road and cut power to 170 households…

But the most amazing thing about the sinkhole is how quickly the local government repaired it. The massive hole was filled in and the road reopened within just 48 hours.

england takes about five years to put out some traffic cones

they can repair an entire sinkhole but 35s still being worked on.

japan fix a sinkhole in a week and norman take 5 damn years to fix lindsey street smh

Manchester sink hole took 10 months to fix... Japan fixes vast Fukuoka city sinkhole – in two days

"We sincerely apologise for all the inconvenience we have caused to everyone regarding the subway construction at Fukuoka City," said mayor Soichiro Takashima in a statement.

"A safety-prioritised and quick recovery was possible thanks to all involved in the construction, through government and public cooperation, without any secondary damage. I thank everyone for all the support from the bottom of my heart."

This is the third sinkhole in Fukuoka City in recent times, with two others occurring in 2000 and 2014, all from subway construction.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.