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IN Information ON 18 Apr, 2016
It hasn't been long since the two consecutive earthquakes shook Japan. Last Saturday, April 16, 2016, bemused people of Fukuoka, Japan, discovered a foamy substance covering the streets of Fukuoka.
Recently, people have been posting a lot of videos and pictures of the so-called foamy substance on various social networking sites, leading to various conjectures. Some people have suggested that it might be due to the rupturing of the underground water pipes, though there haven't been any official confirmation about what they actually are.
The two consecutive Earthquakes have hit Japan really hard. About 42 people have already been reported to have lost their lives, meanwhile about 1,500 are critically injured. Around 250,000 homes are said to be left without water, about 100,000 without gas and around 39,000 with no electricity.
The local residents have hypothesized that the foam may have been caused because of the bursting of the underground piping system, due to the immense shudder during the earthquake. According to Japan's Meteorological Agency, the earthquakes were measured to be of 6.2 and 7.3 magnitude.
Social media is flooded with the images and videos of the foam filled streets. Fukuoka is 90 Km away from Kumamoto where the strongest tremors were felt. Citizens of Fukuoka have said that there were strong shaking but not much loss to the property in the region. Kazuki Nabeta, a resident of the central district of Tenjin, said, "I saw it just after the earthquake".
The earthquake has affected a lot. High-speed rail services in Kyushu, have been suspended and the island's two main highways have been cut by landslides. Major corporations including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Sony, have been forced to temporarily suspend the functioning in many parts of the country.
Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, have stated "Nothing is more important than human life, and it's a race against time. I want the rescue activities to continue with the utmost efforts". People are queuing up at the emergency aid centers set up by the government for food, water, and other such supplies.
Authorities are worried that additional rainfall may stimulate landslide in the mountain region resulting in the disruption in the ongoing rescue efforts. If that's the case, Japan may have a lot to face in the near future.
Whatever this foam be, all we can do for now is to wait for the official statement with respect to it and pray for the fast recovery of Japan.