Gigantic sinkhole swallows intersection in Japanese city

Story highlights

  • Underground construction work may have triggered hole in Fukuoka, Japan
  • The 15-meter-deep sinkhole is filled with water that seeped in from sewage pipes

(CNN)A gigantic sinkhole has opened in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka, swallowing huge sections of road near underground work to extend a subway tunnel.

A 7-to 8-meter-wide hole was first reported early Tuesday, according to Motohisa Oda, a crisis management officer from the city of Fukuoka.