Forty-one earthquakes in 7 days show a clear pattern: the southern island of Kyushu, Japan seems to be splitting apart!
Data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) show a very clear line of quakes from the city of Kumamoto in the west, toward Yufu and Beppu in the Oita province northeast.
Gaping cracks, 100's of feet wide and hundreds of yards long have appeared in the ground. The media has been calling them "landslides" but what they actually look like from the air is an enormous crack forming in the island; a crack showing the island is breaking apart.
It appears that Kyushu is breaking apart, in a similar manner to the way Shikoku broke away from the main island of Honshu as shown on the map below.
To understand what's taking place, we begin with a map of Japan to identify the islands:
Kyushu in the south, is where all of the earthquakes have taken place over the past few days.
Here's how the USGS earthquake system recorded them:
Zooming-in toward Kyushu in the south, we get a better idea of what's been taking place:
Laid out on a map, here is the island of Kyushu and the cities involved; Kumamoto is covered by earthquake circles on the lower left:
One can almost draw a straight line through the middle of the quakes, to get from Kumamoto to Yufu, in the Oita province to get an approximation of how the island may split apart. If this happens, Kumamoto, a city with a population of about 750,000, may be submerged in the sea.
170,000 PEOPLE HAVE NOW BEEN ORDERED TO EVACUATE SECTIONS OF KUMAMOTO AND OITA PREFECTURES. According to seismologists, the ground is "loose" from the earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and Oita Prefecture , and as such there is a possibility that the landslides and flooding. But the flooding may not be from rivers, it may be the ocean pouring in! Evacuation instructions and recommendations to approximately 170,000 people in 12 municipalities have been issued.
To get a better understanding of how this is happening, let's take a look at the list of quakes from the USGS. The table below shows 45 quakes over a one week period, in reverse chronological order, latest first:
41 earthquakes in map area
- 4.61 3km NW of Uto, Japan2016-04-16 08:40:20 UTC 3.3 km
- 5.3 7km N of Uto, Japan2016-04-16 07:02:03 UTC 16.2 km
- 4.6 2km WNW of Matsubase, Japan2016-04-16 05:27:04 UTC 1.3 km
- 4.6 26km W of Takedamachi, Japan2016-04-16 05:03:58 UTC 10.7 km
- 4.9 5km N of Uto, Japan2016-04-16 02:02:52 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.3 12km W of Yatsushiro, Japan2016-04-16 01:38:53 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.4 7km NNE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-16 00:48:32 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.3 7km NNW of Yatsushiro, Japan2016-04-16 00:16:28 UTC 4.8 km
- 4.8 0km W of Uto, Japan2016-04-15 23:20:42 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.1 8km SSW of Ueki, Japan2016-04-15 22:42:34 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 3km S of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-15 22:23:55 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.1 8km W of Beppu, Japan2016-04-15 22:11:40 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 6km ESE of Kikuchi, Japan2016-04-15 21:40:01 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 8km SSE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-15 19:51:24 UTC 4.1 km
- 5.5 22km W of Takedamachi, Japan2016-04-15 18:55:53 UTC 10.9 km
- 4.5 4km E of Ozu, Japan2016-04-15 18:26:52 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 11km N of Kikuchi, Japan2016-04-15 18:16:42 UTC1 8.6 km
- 5.3 17km NE of Ozu, Japan2016-04-15 18:03:12 UTC 7.9 km
- 4.5 16km WSW of Beppu, Japan2016-04-15 17:49:18 UTC 13.2 km
- 4.7 7km ESE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-15 17:04:12 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.7 2km NW of Ozu, Japan2016-04-15 16:45:56 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.4 6km ENE of Uto, Japan2016-04-15 16:44:06 UTC 10.0 km
- 7.0 1km WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-15 16:25:06 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.5 1km NW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 22:46:53 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 6km SE of Ueki, Japan2016-04-14 22:29:57 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.7 5km SW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 20:10:37 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.5 3km N of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 17:14:36 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.91 2km SSE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 16:53:02 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.5 5km SSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 15:50:31 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.7 8km E of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 15:34:17 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.3 4km NE of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 15:06:22 UTC 10.0 km
- 6.0 6km E of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 15:03:46 UTC 6.0 km
- 4.9 1km ESE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 14:43:41 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.6 4km SSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 14:29:58 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.5 0km SSE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 14:28:13 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.5 3km NE of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 13:43:15 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.8 4km E of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 13:38:43 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.8 1km W of Uto, Japan2016-04-14 13:22:19 UTC 10.0 km
- 5.4 8km E of Kumamoto-shi, Japan2016-04-14 13:07:35 UTC 10.0 km
- 4.8 8km SSW of Matsubase, Japan2016-04-14 12:42:25 UTC 10.0 km
- 6.2 7km SW of Ueki, Japan2016-04-14 12:26:36 UTC 10.0 km
The far right number shows the depth of each quake. The overwhelming majority of these quakes have been ten kilometers deep or more shallow. Of 41 total quakes 32 have been at, or near, 10 km deep. Two quakes were slightly deeper, one at 13.2 km the other at 16.2 km. All the rest have been more shallow. These shallow quakes have the ability to directly sheer off the island from its volcanic anchor and move part - or all - of the island, splitting it apart!
Adding to the fear is what took place at sea when these quakes occurred.
The National Data Buoy Center has a vast array of ocean buoys to monitor conditions in the ocean, and to alert if there is a Tsunami generated by an earthquake. As shown in the map below from the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) the earthquakes took place hundreds of miles SOUTH of the Buoys which went into "ALERT" mode. No Tsunami was generated, yet the buoys detected the quake while much closer buoys around Korea, did not. So whatever forces were exerted during the quake went northeastward toward the three buoys which alerted.
Initial reports from Japan claim "all of Japan felt the quake" so this begs the question: Did Japan move - again?
One need only consider that after the Magnitude 9.2 quake which struck on March 11, 2011, the entire main island of Japan moved fifteen feet to the east! This was detected by satellites in space communicating with ground based stations showing the ground stations had actually moved!
The death toll right now stands at 29, with over 1500 injured and 44,000 people displaced. Upwards of 385,000 are without drinking water. Many do not have electricity.
If this pattern of earthquakes continues, the people of Kyushu may have much more to worry about.