|A manhole erupted from the ground during an earthquake in Chiba, photo from Sankei News, JAPAN|
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.
THE FOLLOWING IMAGES OF CHIBA WERE HARVESTED FROM GOOGLE
|Liquified ground that has formed a quicksand type trap|
|A school in the city of Urayasu flooded from water seeping up through the ground.|
|A power pole sinks deeper into the weakening land as a result of continued aftershocks|
|A parked car sinks deeper into the ground in the city of Choshi as result of liquification|
|A diagram explaining liquification from the Asahi Newspaper|