A sinking feeling...

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be a chilly day today-the high will get up to only 14C! Tomorrow will be the same, but with a chance of rain late tomorrow night. It'll warm back up on Friday, but rain is still expected that day as well. The weekend is looking nice with sunny skies and highs of 18C both days.

I'm sure you've all seen the news about the giant sinkhole in Fukuoka, but here's a chance to read it in English.

fukuoka sinkhole

 

A section of a major road caved in outside Hakata Station at 5:15 a.m. yesterday morning in a giant sinkhole leading to a power outage and evacuations of nearby buildings. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the incident, but with a giant pit now stretching out across the five-lane road, and buildings located precariously on its edge, officials and emergency services remain on the scene, working to fix the problem while closely monitoring the situation. The road collapse occurred at the Hakata Eki-mae Ni-chome intersection outside Hakata Station.

With power cut to the area, there were no working traffic signals, so police were on the scene to help enforce road closures and guide emergency vehicles in the immediate vicinity. There was a strong smell of gas surrounding the site, so police were also broadcasting announcements, warning the public to refrain from lighting cigarettes due to the possibility of a gas leak.

Apparently the FM Fukuoka Studio Terrace on the third floor of the Hakata Station Building was a good place to get a view of the sinkhole, as large numbers of people gathered there in an attempt to get a closer look at the scene.

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As the city government began work on filling the hole yesterday afternoon, there still remained a risk of buildings along the road collapsing into the pit. The road cave-in is believed to have occurred after water began flowing beneath the surface during underground tunnel excavation work to extend the Nanakuma subway line. The Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau has said it will make an announcement to the public once the exact cause of the accident has been determined.

I guess that's one thing we won't have to worry about here in Hiroshima. The ground is already wet (actually, most of Hiroshima is built on reclaimed land) so there's no chance of them ever being able to build a subway at all. Wait, is that a good thing? We're living on a river delta...hmmm...luckily for me, my apartment is on 'real' land, but everyone south of Hachobori...sorry, you're just a rainy day away from being swept away...just kidding!

Have a great day!


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