Sinkholes are one of the biggest natural (or man-made?) disasters hitting the world in a really nasty way. And when we say nasty, we mean NASTY. Sinkholes of increasingly scary sizes are appearing everywhere from the busiest squares to loneliest stretches.
Some have even lost their lives to sinkholes appearing out of nowhere.
Now, people in the natural disaster prone land of Japan are living in a perpetual state of fear. A fear that their island nation might disappear in a massive sinkhole. (Though that could be a bit far-fetched.)
Massive sinkhole causes blackout & disrupts traffic in #Japan pic.twitter.com/b0YBUDy3id https://t.co/ROhin3enXe — RT (@RT_com) 8 November 2016
Massive sinkhole causes blackout & disrupts traffic in #Japan pic.twitter.com/b0YBUDy3id https://t.co/ROhin3enXe
— RT (@RT_com) 8 November 2016
This is the reason why no one was injured despite the sinkhole appearing right across a major subway station.
And that size is quite massive! The sinkhole measures 30 meters long, 27 meters wide and is 15 meters deep.
A video shows the sinkhole uprooting power lines and traffic poles. Blackouts were immediate and some 800 households were affected by it. But the efficient nature of Japan’s services ensured that by around 9.30 am, most households had power restored.
Yet services of a major bank were hit due to the sinkhole disrupting fibre networks.
Buildings around the sinkhole are now left with weak foundations. As a precautionary measure, authorities have evacuated nearby residents.
Already the world’s most seismically active region, sinkholes are now posing a big, man-made threat to the people of the country.
Experts believe that Japan will be under the ocean in a few hundred years. But if sinkholes of such kind become a regular feature, the time of Japan will be over much before.