Dec 19, 2018
A giant 30 meters wide and 15 meters deep sinkhole has swallowed up part of the four-lane Jl. Raya Gubeng in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday night.
A giant sinkhole swallowed up a busy road in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Thousands of vehicles pass the road every day. It usually takes five minutes to travel the entire length of Jl. Gubeng, but it now takes roughly one hour.
The huge chiasm is 30 meters wide and 15 meters deep.
Rudianto, 47, a resident of Kertajaya subdistrict who was about to drive through the location said he saw trees and lampposts rocking on the roadside just before the incident.
This is the exact moment when the sinkhole opens up:
“I thought it was an earthquake. I backed the car and went against the flow. People ran around asking for help, went out of their cars leaving their vehicle,” Rudianto said.
Firefighters check the condition of the soil inside the sinkhole on Jl. Raya Gubeng in Surabaya in East Java on Dec. 19. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the sinkhole was allegedly related to the construction of a parking basement at Siloam Hospital.
“The retaining wall was not able to withstand the load, especially during the rainy season,” he said in a statement, adding that there was no connection between this incident and two active earthquake faults in Surabaya and Waru.
The crater opened up after a construction failure.
“This is related to the project on the side of the road. The Siloam Hospital project. They were supposed to build a foundation first, but they didn’t,” Wisnu said as quotedin an interview with KompasTV.
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