Post-Earthquake Liquification; Ground and Streets Swaying

by | Apr 13, 2011 | Headline News | 21 comments

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    This video, brought to our attention by Steve Quayle, shows the streets of Japan literally swaying back and forth. This is reportedly not happening during an earthquake, but rather, in its aftermath.

    Is the soil underneath parts of Japan giving way, or is this a normal occurrence following a massive earthquake like the one that hit Japan?

    Whatever the case, it’s clear that humans and our modern technology are no match for the sheer power of nature.


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      1. Unbelievable! Looks like something out of a movie. The sheer strength of mother nature is unbelievable.

      2. Little bobo is cracking jokes while this country is going in the crapper.  Now he’s introducing his F-Team.  Double talk.  I never got a job from a bum?  Have you?  You make me sic bobo.  Why don’t you go to China and stay.

      3. Comments…..I am really stunned.  I didn’t even think this was possible – AFTER an earthquake.  I’ll tell you this… I would not be the one standing over a “breathing” asphalt!

      4. I don’t know much…But pretty comfortable stating that doesn’t look good.  Almost as if the island of Japan is floating (boat in the water). 
        Can anyone explain this phenomenon?

      5. This article talks about liquefaction. It happens after a major earthquake and this blogger from New Zealand experienced it first hand.

        “This is when apparently solid ground effectively turns to liquid, and silt and sand come pouring up from the ground covering the land, and houses, roads, gardens and cars fall in the resulting gaps in the earth.”

        It is not a good thing. 

      6. If I were in Japan now, I’d be booking aa flight or ship out of there, for all anyone knows Japan could be under a few hundred ft of water at anytime just like many other countries that was part of the earth thousands of centries ago

      7. This part of Tokyo is all built on reclaimed land meaning they filled parts of the Tokyo Bay with dirt and rock to make new land.  Probably not the smartest thing to do in Earthquake country.  The scary thing is I understand most of the New Tokyo/ Narita Airport is also built on reclaimed land.


        I understand there are large parts of Christ Church in New Zealand that will never be usable again due to the same problem.

      9. Comments…..comment to M dog- you are absolutely right on target…not only mainland japan but many of the islands have tried to reclaim land from the sea…okinawa did this all along their coastal areas. they do fantastik things that make many bldgs earthquake proof but are just finding out that reclaimed land is like building on top of a landfill…not a good thing at all.

      10. So freakin’ weird looking.  If I lived there, I would be afraid that the whole city would sink.  Maybe an underground river/aquifer changed course after the earthquake. 

      11. I’m calling bullshit on this one.

      12. Holy Smokes! The guys laughing in the background could be standing in the middle of the worlds’ largest sink hole for all they know. That is definitely not a laughing matter in my book!

      13. An interesting phenomena, but not such a big deal (yet) when you consider the sink holes in Florida and other places in the USA, like Arizona, where the water table has dropped considerably on the way to Tucson.
        In the Big One in So Cal,  the land underneath ALL of the beach cities south of LA would experience “liquid faction”.

      14. Imagine a shoebox half full of dry sand. Give it a shake and the sand moves in ways much like water. And there’s no need for actual liquid. Although there may be lots of water too)Even though the earth has huge rocks and stuff (not just tiny grains like the sand) and even though it’s compressed by lots of weight from the ground above, it still moves similar to the imaginary sand in the box. Sometimes even in recurring “waves.” That’s liquifaction. Pretty scary when you think about it. Add a few aftershocks and it could get even worse.
        One more thing- Just because Japan has had their earthquake, and other ongoing disasters, does that lessen their odds for another big quake? I mean, what are the odds of another BIG one in the coming weeks, or months? Maybe somebody here knows if there’s ever been something like that- a real biggie then a few months later another one. The odds are probably close to zero but I’m just wondering. Has it ever happened like that anywhere?

      15. The question is : when were these shots taken? Liquifaction generally occurs immediately following a quake. They are having hundreds of very big “aftershocks” that would generally be considered quakes ( > 5.0)  So  are these “aftershocks” causing this problem?
        This looks pretty dangerous considering that liquifaction can cause entire buildings to sink into the earth. Google the quake in Alaska in the 1960s. Pictures of 3 story buildings that, post quake, were only 1 story high. The other 2 stories were below ground.

      16. Liquificataion is when the earth turns to a mixture of soil and water that is like quicksand. It may not support much weight.  Roads are lighter and spread accross the surface so they seem to do better than buildings which concentrate the weight into a smaller area.
        Some areas are prone to liquifaction and some are not. It depends on the soil type.  Infilled areas are the most dangerous.

      17. Reminds me of The War of the Worlds when the machines come up out of the ground. Getting out of Japan would be a good idea right about now. The only thing that could make the situation worse is a guest appearance by Godzilla.

      18. According to this website Japan has had over one thousand quakes since March 11th.  It could possibly sink into the ocean (here I go predicting stuff–not that I’m making it up). That trench is pretty deep. Just a little ways south lies the Marianna trench, the deepest point on planet Earth. If this were to happen, I shudder to think how big the tsunami would be hitting the US west coast

      19. @joshuayh, under fearful or stressful situations some people laugh.  Some people cry or freeze in terror or even loose control of bowel or bladder.  Some people have nervous laughter.  I’m sure he’s scared.  I know I would be.

      20. The guy who provided the video should first of all tell us the exact location (city and date) the video was recorded. To generally say the grounds of Japan are swaying up and down, is absolute nonsense. This normally occurs after liquefaction. Any one who saw the after effects of the earthquake in SF in 1989 would known this,

      21. I just watched the Japanese news NHK which had an extremely interesting piece on this. The earthquake was still happening, but most of this land was reclaimed land.

        The shaking caused the sand particles to separate, and the water came up. Man holes rose, and buildings and houses sank below the road ways.

        I tried to find the program and could’nt, so I googled “Liquid faction” and found this.

        If anyone can find the NHK video please put the link to it.

        They show why the manhole rise and the buildings dig in because of their weight. On another NHK program they were showing how people can’t live in their houses because the houses have tilted 3 degrees, and that is enough to give people headaches within 15 minutes of being in the houses.

        If you find either video plese put up the links.

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