Strange foam fills streets after deadly Japan quake
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:27 AM - Residents of the southern Japanese town of Fukuoka were baffled as a strange foam filled the streets in the wake of one of the country's two deadly earthquakes this week.
At least 42 people were killed in the two quakes, in the space of two days. The second, striking the island of Kyushu in the early hours of Saturday, local time, was rated Magnitude 7.0, at a shallow depth of 10 km.
The strange foam welled up into the streets shortly after that quake, leading some to believe they were linked. Mashable cites local reports stating it may have come from a burst pipe, but little information is available.
この天神の泡は匂いはあれに近いですね？自宅で出来る泡風呂のやつ pic.twitter.com/gVNgSb1STt— 【原始回帰グラードンを許すな】スカ (@sca_16) April 15, 2016
天神が謎の泡、、？ pic.twitter.com/H4YP8KFcWp— TAKAFUMI (@The_takafumi) April 15, 2016
This second quake triggered landslides, damaged hundreds of homes and knocked out power to at least 200,000 people, according to the BBC.
Rescue crews, along with 20,000 troops, have been deployed, though rescuers fear more landslides are possible with additional rains on the way. The Japanese government issued a tsunami warning after the quake, though it was soon cancelled.
More than 2,000 people were hospitalized, according to the BBC, and almost 100,000 people spent the rest of the night outdoors. One village was evacuated after a nearby dam burst, though a nuclear station in the area was reportedly undamaged.
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The first quake, which struck Thursday, had a magnitude of 6.2, and also produced major shaking.
At least nine people were killed in that quake alone, most within an apartment building that collapsed. Hundreds of buildings were damaged, and transportation infrastructure was widely disrupted.
Japan recently marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's northeast coast and left more than 18,000 dead or missing. The magnitude 9.0 temblor struck offshore on March 11, 2011. It crippled Japan's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, leading to the eventual meltdown of three of its six nuclear reactors.
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With files from Leeanna McLean