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Japan Earns Worldwide Respect After Fixing Fukuoka Sinkhole in Less Than a Week

Nov 16, 2016 04:11 AM EST
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The Japanese government fixed a giant sinkhole that swallowed a road in Fukuoka in just two days.
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Japan is considered a technologically advanced country with a ton of scientific innovations that are designed to make the lives of Japanese population easier. Apparently, the Japanese government works wonder too, as a massive sinkhole that engulfed a five-lane city street was fixed in a matter of days.

In any country's standard, fixing a massive damage that fast is plausible by any global standards. This is another evidence of how efficient the Japanese workmanship is, according to The Guardian.

Last Nov. 8, a busy city street in Fukuoka in Japan was swallowed by a growing sinkhole. Fortunately, there was no injury recorded, however, some residents where relocated and the streets were cordoned off. It sinkhole started with a number of small holes on the ground that later merged to form one massive sinkhole that managed to engulf a five-lane street.

The appearance of the sinkhole was attributed to an underground construction nearby. The sinkhole, in its final form, was almost half of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

But in a surprising turn of events, the busy Fukuoka street was reopened less than a week after the incident. Reports say that the sinkhole was fixed two after it caused the damage to a busy street.

The Japanese culture is very polite thus the government issued an immediate apology after the problem occurred.  "We're very sorry for causing great trouble," Fukuoka mayor Soichiro Takashima said in a statement.

But the diligence of the authorities did not stop there as they worked doubly hard to fix the problem in just two days. And this has garnered the respect and awe from people around the world.

"Manchester sink hole took 10 months to fix... Japan fixes vast Fukuoka city sinkhole - in two days," Charlie Morrison said in a Tweet.

The mayor also added that the newly retrofitted streets are even 30 times stronger than the former one. In order to do that, the government invited a number of experts to determine the root of the trouble and how to build a defense system that will prevent further incidents to occur.

The streets opened last Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:00 am.


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