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Apocalyptic Drone Footage Shows Giant Cracks In The Earth On Japan’s Southern Island

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2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes - Photo By Hideki Kimura

The drone footage that you are about to see is absolutely jaw-dropping. When I first watched it, I could hardly believe the extent of the devastation that has taken place on Japan’s southern island. Near the end of last week, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake was quickly followed by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake just 28 hours later. Those earthquakes made headlines all over the globe, but at first glance those numbers don’t really look that big. So why was there such tremendous damage? Well, it turns out that those two major quakes worked in conjunction with more than 600 smaller quakes to cause historic devastation all across Kyushu. As you are about to see, giant fissures have opened up in the ground right along a fault line that runs directly across Japan’s southern island, and this has a lot of people extremely alarmed.

 

Once a major disaster falls out of the news, the rest of the world tends to forget about it, but for those on Kyushu this crisis is far from over. Authorities are still scrambling to rescue those that have been stranded by the recent earthquakes, and at this point it is a race against time

Survivors of a series of Japanese quakes are struggling with food and water shortages with rescuers digging through mud and rubble for the missing.

Two major earthquakes and about 600 smaller tremors have rocked the south-western island of Kyushu since late Thursday, leaving a total of 46 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, 208 of them seriously.

Many who abandoned their damaged or destroyed homes have had to sleep in temporary accommodation, huddle in makeshift shelters or sleep in their cars, and local media have reported problems in delivering food and other essentials.

In a previous article that I posted a few days ago, I shared a map from the USGS that showed all of the significant earthquakes on Kyushu over the previous week. As you can see, they formed something of a straight line right across the island…

Kyushu Earthquakes

Earlier today, I went to the USGS website once again and pulled up all of the significant earthquakes on Kyushu over the past week. So the following map contains the most updated information for the past seven days, and once again we see essentially the exact same formation…

Kyushu Earthquakes April 20

All of these earthquakes have been happening along a major fault line, and there is speculation that Japan’s southern island of Kyushu may be starting to break apart along that fault line.

Of course this kind of thing has happened a lot in the history of our planet, but nobody is quite sure what that might mean for Kyushu.

Are we witnessing the beginning of a process that could take decades to complete, or could it be possible that things might unfold much, much faster than that?

The reason why I shared all of this with you first is so that you can put the following footage in proper context. This apocalyptic drone footage that you are about to see from Kyushu was all filmed along this fault line. In all of my days, I have never seen anything quite like this

Some of the shots in the video look like they come straight out of a Hollywood disaster movie. The truth is that the damage that has been done is a whole lot more serious than the numbers “6.5” and “7.3” suggest. The geography of Japan’s southern island is being fundamentally altered, and this is going to have dramatic consequences for millions of ordinary Japanese citizens.

And of course what is happening in Japan is just part of the great shaking that we have seen all over the planet in recent weeks. This was the primary topic for the latest episode of our new television show that you can view for free right here

Unfortunately, the shaking has not stopped. Just within the past 24 hours, we have seen major earthquakes around the world with magnitudes of 5.4, 6.1, 5.1, 5.8, 5.3 and 5.8.

Most of the big earthquakes that we have witnessed in recent weeks have been along the Ring of Fire which roughly encircles the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all global volcanic eruptions each year occur along the Ring of Fire, and many scientists are becoming extremely alarmed that it is becoming much more seismically active once again.

Of course the west coast of the United States sits directly along the Ring of Fire, and experts tell us that the San Andreas Fault and the Cascadia Subduction Zone are both way overdue for a major earthquake.

In addition, Mt. Rainier and a whole host of other once active volcanoes are located along the west coast as well. Even a single major eruption would cause tremendous chaos, death and devastation, and fragile financial markets would likely crash very hard all over the world.

So what has been happening in Japan and Ecuador and other places along the Ring of Fire has tremendous implications for those of us living in the United States.

Let us pray that the shaking starts to settle down, but let us also be prepared for what might happen if it doesn’t.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • While the footage is dramatic, but those who are saying it could tear the island apart are being even more dramatic. That’s wild speculation, and it cannot actually happen because of the kind of fault this is.

    The fault in Japan that ruptured is a strike-slip fault. That means one plate sides sideways past another. When that happens, the earth’s surface that has healed above the fault line over the course of decades or centuries, tears. You can see that it is a tear by the way the ground puckers just like fabric along each side of the tear. The ground didn’t separate and leave a gaping crack. It’s a tight tear line. Just like when you move or tear one side of a piece of fabric from the other you get puckers along the tear.

    This is the same kind of fault as the San Andreas. The fault line runs for many miles, so the tear can run for miles also, just as happens on the San Andreas. The actual earth movement is only a matter of feet, but the entire plate moves a few feet in relation to the section of plate next to it, so it can tear the full length of the fault, or just one section will break loose and tear.

    If the earth moves 5-10 feet but does so along a hundred-mile stretch of fault, that’s a lot of tearing and buckling of things on each side of the tear. It triggers landslides by popping loose areas of dirt completely loose. It tears in two ANYTHING that straddles the line — be it building or road or hill. However, the movement is still only 5-10 feet. For the island to separate the land would have to move many miles for one piece to slide completely past the other — not one side moving five feet in relation to the other over a stretch of many miles. One side of the island would have to move the entire width of the island in order to separate from the other side because this fault never separates. It just moves like freeway traffic in opposite directions. No matter how far the traffic moves, their lanes are still side by side.

    Think of it like two sheets of paper, laying side-by-side. Where they touch each other along their edges is the fault line. One kind of fault separates the two sheets so they are no longer touching by moving them slightly a part. A fraction of an inch will do leave a crack between them. But to separate them so that they are no longer touching by sliding them past each other, you have to move them the entire length of each edge plus a tiny bit more.

    That’s the direction a strike-slip fault moves. To break the island apart along a strike-slip fault, you have to move one side an entire island’s length in relation to the other. That would be the biggest earthquake in human history on an order of millions of times greater than anything ever known because you have to move the entire fault line that much, not just the section that stretches across the island. Some faults are hundreds or thousands of miles long. It would be like an earthquake in Hawaii breaking the Big Island apart by causing one half of the Big Island to move all the way up to where Maui is … which would cause Maui to move to where O’ahu is, and O’ahu to leap up to where Kauai is and so on. If one side of the Big Island only moved a hundred feet (huge by earthquake standards) tower Maui, it wouldn’t break the Big Island apart, It would just leave a scar on the surface. The two halve would still be tightly pressed together.

    Sorry to be longwinded, but it is hard to explain these things in words, rather than with a visual.

    –David