A road caves in a residential area in Chofu, Tokyo.

Roads caved in a residential area in Chofu, Tokyo October 18, 17:24

On the afternoon of the 18th, a hole about 5 meters wide was found in a residential area in Chofu City, Tokyo. In the vicinity, construction is being carried out to dig a tunnel of the so-called “outer ring road”, and highway companies and others have decided to investigate in detail whether there is a connection between the construction and the collapse of the road.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, after noon on the 18th, residents reported that a road had collapsed at Higashitsutsujigaoka 2-chome in Chofu City, and a police officer who rushed to the station found that there was a hole about 5 meters wide, 2 meters long, and 5 meters deep.

The scene is a residential area close to Azaleaoka Station on the Keio Line, and footage taken from above by NHK helicopter shows that the hole is so large that it can’t pass the road by car.

A resident of the neighborhood said, “There was a crack in the road, so when I was looking at it with my neighbors, it suddenly collapsed and a hole opened just after 1 p.m. I think it would have been a lot of trouble if it was time to commute to work or school, so it’s scary.”

In the basement of the road near the site, construction work was being carried out to dig a tunnel of the “Tokyo Outer Ring Road” and the so-called “Outer Ring Road”, and according to construction officials, excavation work was carried out in the middle of last month, more than 40 meters underground at the site where it collapsed.

Highway companies and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are investigating in detail whether there is a connection between construction and road collapse.