WATCH: Massive sinkhole swallows 5-lane road in Japan

Sinkhole swallows Japanese road (NBC News photo)

FUKUOKA, Japan (NBC News) – A massive sinkhole caused chaos in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka Tuesday.

Amateur video captured the moment the sinkhole swallowed a five-lane road in the city.

Japanese authorities evacuated nearby buildings as a safety precaution.

No injuries were reported, but the sinkhole caused widespread disruptions to local electricity, water and gas supplies.

The massive sinkhole measured 88 feet wide, 98 feet long and 49 feet deep.

Water from broken pipelines flooded the hole.

By mid-morning, 15 major buildings and 157 other structures remained without power.

Local authorities were investigating the cause, but reports suggest ongoing subway construction work nearby may have been a factor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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