Mysterious Foam Covers Japan’s Streets After an Earthquake

by Sankalan Baidya
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Mysterious foam! Did that catch your attention? It should because when you see unexplained foam covering up the streets you use daily; you should be concerned. However, things can get really bizarre if you know that the foam came after a massive earthquake shook your town and killed a good number of people.

What will you think of in such situations? End of the world perhaps! This is not a fairy tale or a science fiction story we are narrating right now. This really happened in Japan. We don’t know how many of you have heard of this but Japan experience an earthquake of the magnitude of 6.4 on April 14, 2016. That earthquake was only a trailer. Two days later on April 16, 2016 at the local time of 1:25 AM another earthquake of magnitude 7.3 managed to hit Japan to shake Fukuoka and a major part of Kyushu Island to its core.

The end result of the earthquake was devastating. 1,500 people were injured and 41 people died. Everyone became busy and rescue workers were looking for injured and missing people. They were treating the severely injured one and they were doing all these by stepping on a thick sheet of mysterious foam that covered the streets.

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The Mysterious Foam On the Streets

The mysterious foam that we are talking of covered the streets of Fukuoka – a city in southern Japan. The city is located at a distance of 56 miles or 90 kilometers from the epicenter of the 7.3 earthquake that hit Japan on April 16. In the early hours of the morning of Saturday, the residents experienced tremors and then the massive earthquake hit with its full might.

According to Kazuki Nabeta – one of the witnesses, the mysterious foam was really disgusting. Many photographs surfaced on social media. Some of the photographs showed people walking over the foam while other others showed a thick blanket of the foam covering the streets of many blocks. At places the foam carpet reached several feet high.

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The Mysterious Foam Struck Fear

After a major earthquake you can always expect aftershocks. That’s when the need for evacuation is felt very strongly. If not for evacuation, moving out into the streets may become important for some reason or the other. Unfortunately, the residents of Fukuoka were really afraid to get in contact with the foam without getting any sort of explanation to it.

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Several theories popped up to explain the mysterious foam. Some said that it was a foam from the firefighting department. Unfortunately, there were no firefighting equipment anywhere in the neighborhood.

Some said it was caused by some kind of utility pipe breaking apart because of the earthquake. Really? We don’t know of any utility service that transports foam through pipelines. On top of that there were no holes or cracks in the ground from where the foam could possibly pop out of any utility pipe. Was there some kind of utility service that was carrying substance that could possibly convert to foam once it came in contact with air? That would have been worse.

We do however know that toxic chemical can create foam. In 2015 in Bangalore, India foam created by toxic chemical caught fire on a lake and it contaminated and covered a river. So, was it a foam caused by some toxic chemical? No explanations have been provided so far and we don’t know if an explanation is on its way or not. But we do know that if we see such mysterious foam on streets right after an earthquake, we too will be scared!

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