Here again our blogger friend Stephen Barrett sent us “Tales from Japan” as I quoted a part of it below.
Amidst all the news and busyness of recent events, I actually saw Chiba (my local prefecture) shown on the news for the first time last night, after a week of watching the aftermath in Tohoku and the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.
Chiba`s biggest problem at the moment is not damage from tsunamis, which pummeled towns in the east after the barrage of earthquakes along the pacific plate, but "land liquification." A lot of land in Japan, particularly near Tokyo bay and other coastal areas is artificial. And these areas of artificial land react to large earthquakes by turning to liquid and that as you can see by the pictures below causes a number of structural problems for those cities, as well as poses a very real danger to those living in affected areas. The ground is literally sinking beneath their own feet, homes, roads, power lines are slowly sinking into the earth with each aftershock or subsequent earthquake. The once prestine beautiful bay area has turned into a swamp overnight.
We appreciate the updates, Stephen, and pray for your safety and well-being.
Glad you are safe. This is very good information you are sharing with us, about the ongoing crisis, and what, you have to deal with, being there.
God bless you and your family !