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Nov 09, 2016 05:34 AM EST
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For the past few weeks, there had been ongoing reports of how human intervention in the environment has drastically affected the balance of nature. There had been reports of manmade calamities that have devastated the world in the last decades.

Just this week, a giant sinkhole has threatened the lives and livelihood of thousands of Japanese residents as a gigantic sinkhole suddenly appeared in the middle of a street. It took with it streetlights and, with high possibility, buildings in the surrounding area.

The sinkhole has been measured to be 30 meters wide and appeared just outside of the Hakata Station in Fukuoka City, Japan. It is reported that at about 5am local time, there are two small but separate holes that have been rapidly expanding on the five=lane road. Seemingly out of a Hollywood movie, the tiny holes began expanding and sucking in traffic lights and light poles frightening locals. One resident even exclaimed that he couldn't believe that the ground was falling beneath him, as he saw one street light falling into the abyss he knew that he had to find shelter. Soon, the hole increased to a depth of 15 meters and was continuously being flooded by broken pipes. Furthermore, it has been approximated that hundreds of residents has lost power.

Thankfully, there had been no casualties nor injuries as authorities have immediately evacuated residents in nearby areas.

It is still unknown what has created the gigantic crater but there had been some hearsay that it is caused by ongoing subway extension project in the nearby area. In a report, Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima has told the press "We believe the subway construction had some impact". The Mayor has expressed his firmness that an investigation is put to place to find out possible causes of the sinkhole. Experts are still searching for clues to what has led to this devastating calamity.

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