Liquefaction: Land Sinkage from Earthquakes
May 10, 2011 § 15 Comments
Chiba, home to Japan’s Disneyland largest concern is not damage from tsunamis, which dissolved towns in the east after the barrage of earthquakes along the pacific plate, but “land liquification.” Much of Tokyo’s real estate (particularly near Tokyo bay and other coastal areas) is artificial (landfill) – positively reacting to large earthquakes by turning its land mass into liquefaction. The ground sinks beneath a person’s feet; residential and commercial structures, roads, parks, power lines are slowly sinking into the earth with each aftershock or subsequent earthquake. Parked cars have sunk into the asphalt whereby it is half visible from the ground. The prestigious bay area home to tall luxury condos and newly built homes to young families has turned into a quicksand land mass within hours. This area was once the beach and ocean 30 decades ago. People chose to reside in this area in hope of a raising their families in the new communities of Chiba.