After a deadly earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Japan, streets in the southern city of Fukuoka became in a mysterious, foam-like substance, baffling both citizens and authorities.
地震で地下から泡は出るわ(福岡天神)— ロキア (@R0KlA) April 15, 2016
天神が謎の泡、、？ pic.twitter.com/H4YP8KFcWp— TAKAFUMI (@The_takafumi) April 15, 2016
天神あわ吹いてる pic.twitter.com/GX8Hhpz8tZ— 関原ゆうき (@yuuking1015) April 15, 2016
福岡の天神どうしたん— はるぴよ⑅⃝ (@_xPIYOx_) April 15, 2016
Many have conjectured that an underground pipe carrying water may have exploded and brought the water brought to the surface.
The country was engulfed in shock and confusion as the earth shuddered on Friday, following the initial tremor of 6.5-magnitude on Thursday. Since then the ground is shaking nearly nonstop with small and large tremors.
Drone footage, released by Kyodo News, shows the full, horrifying extent of the disaster. Neat rows of houses are riddled with flattened homes and askew poles.
The authorities sprang into action immediately afterwards. The affected were moved into shelters and schools. But survivors still face problems. Those interviewed by the CNN said there were food shortages, and the meager food was distributed first among the elderly and the children.
In the town of Ozu, families flocked to public parks in their cars. Without any home to spend a night in, 50 families parked their cars inside the park so they could sleep in safety.
But the gravest problem facing the authorities is people alive and still buried beneath tons of rubble. There might be as many as 23 victims whose time is running out for authorities to dig them free. With heavy rains sweeping the country, this really is, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe puts it, a race against the clock.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Kyodo