Man-made or natural? The Mystery of “Japan’s Atlantis”


Man-made or natural?  The Mystery of 'Japan's Atlantis'

The city was sunk by an earthquake 2,000 years ago.

Deep in the sea near Japan lie the ruins of a city built by a lost civilization thousands of years ago. Dubbed “Japan’s Atlantis,” the stone structures are located in Yonaguni Jima, Japan’s westernmost inhabited island, according to national geography. The ancient city was sunk by an earthquake 2,000 years ago, the outlet further said. It was rediscovered in 1987 when a local diver exploring off the coast of the Ryukyu Islands discovered a series of almost perfectly carved steps with straight edges.

An old BBC report said the rectangular, stacked pyramid-like monument is part of a long-lost Pacific civilization, possibly built by Japan’s prehistoric Jomon people, who inhabited these islands as early as 12,000 BC.

However, some experts compare it to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, whose thousands of interlocking basalt columns (all natural formations) were created by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago.

The underwater structure has arched entrances, narrow passages and is attached to a larger rock mass, he said BBC report.

“I am not convinced that any of the major features or structures are man-made steps or terraces, but that they are all natural,” said Robert Schoch, a professor of natural sciences and mathematics at Boston University who has dived at the site. national geography.

“It’s basic geology and classic stratigraphy for sandstones that tend to break along planes and give you these very straight edges, especially in an area with a lot of faulting and tectonic activity,” he added.

The structure has courted enough controversy about its origins, but neither the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs nor the government of Okinawa Prefecture recognize the remains off Yonaguni as an important cultural property.

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