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On 8th, November, the same day that President Trump got elected, a massive 30 meter sinkhole appeared in the city of Fukuoka, Japan. But within 48 hours of the incident, the hole had been repaired. It was a genuine demonstration of Japanese efficiency. A week later, the road had re-opened for business and pedestrians and cars could go through it freely.
Construction workers and engineers worked tirelessly, around the clock, to restore the hole. It was 30m by 27m and 15 m deep. They replaced sewage lines, poured in 6,200 cubic meters of sand and cement and filled in the hole. They also replaced traffic lights and utility poles that had been swallowed. The cave-in reportedly caused disruptions in gas and water supplies and cut off power and phone signals. There were no injuries or fatalities reported however, so it wasn’t a disaster that would weigh on the conscience of public officials.
The mayor of the city, Soichiro Takashima, said the ground was now 30 times stronger than before and that a panel was being set up to investigate the cave in. Though, local media does report that underground work on an extension caused it.
Praise was directed at the workers who speedily repaired the road and reminded people of the Triple disaster that occurred in 2011, so named because an earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster happened at once.