Substrata Megaliths: The Sinking Of Japan

Last night I watched this Japanese movie:   Sinking of Japan on You Tube.  Here is a screen shot of Fukuoka blowing  up:

Like many US disaster movies, the terrible events are fixed by humans doing various brave interventions even though mega-events like this will pretty much annihilate most humans.  In the movie, the Japanese try to move to say, China.  Which is absurd.

The premise of the story is, Japan will be sucked under by a megalith in the upper mantle.  To save Japan, scientists blow up the continental shelf that connects Japan to the rest of the earth and it doesn’t sink under, dragged down by this megalith, instead, it bounces back up and is now earthquake and volcano-safe.   A fine fairy tale and utterly improbable, that is, the ‘fix’.  The business about the megalith, on the other hand, is very important recent geological information that applies to ALL subduction zones, not just Japan.


Secondly, I notice this in all ‘mega-geological event’ shows: they cannot understand how dangerous these really are.  For example, if either Japan’s huge Mount Aso caldera blows up, most of the planet will have a ‘nuclear winter’:


The present Aso caldera formed as a result of four huge caldera eruptions occurring over a range of 90,000–300,000 years ago. The caldera, one of the largest in the world, contains the city of Aso as well as Aso Takamori-cho and South Aso-mura. The somma enclosing the caldera extends about 18 km east to west and about 25 km north to south. Viewpoints from the somma overlooking the caldera are perched upon lava formed before the volcanic activity which created the present caldera.



Various shows clearly display the dangers of say,  Yellowstone Eruptions.

But when dramas are made, they show people surviving very easily.  If any major caldera site like Toba erupts, we will see global agriculture collapse and perhaps another ice age lasting 100,000 years.  If Japan sinks like in the Japanese movie, the massive eruptions across all the many huge Japanese volcanoes and calderas would pretty much change the climate so even the most  hysterical global warming person would have to admit, it is damn cold out there.


Mount Aso – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The present Aso caldera formed as a result of four huge caldera eruptions occurring over a range of 90,000–300,000 years ago. The caldera, one of the largest in the world, contains the city of Aso as well as Aso Takamori-cho and South Aso-mura. The somma enclosing the caldera extends about 18 km east to west and about 25 km north to south. Viewpoints from the somma overlooking the caldera are perched upon lava formed before the volcanic activity which created the present caldera.


The geology of Japan is most interesting since it is seemingly an impossible geological structure.  We see all over the earth, land masses that have spit off of continents:

These all happen next to subduction zones.  All of these places have many earthquakes and some have frequent volcanic events, too.  The entire west coast of the US is being slowly pried loose, for example.  But Japan has some vital twists to the business: it sits on the intersection of three major tectonic plates and these bisect dead center in the island chain just a few miles south of Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest cities.


After the 3/11 9.0 quake, all of Japan has been rudely shaken awake and is now realizing there are more geological problems than just that one event.  They are finding more fault lines now that a massive earthquake has shown what really lies underfoot:  Fujikawa fault zone may cause M-8 earthquake : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)


A team of researchers at Shizuoka University has found the fujikawa river fault zone, which extends west of mt. fuji, is 1.5 times longer than previously thought and could cause a magnitude-8 earthquake.


Mt. Fuji is a barely slumbering dragon and when it decides to roar, it will cause huge problems for Japan dwarfing the Fukushima event.  For the last decade, Japanese geologists have pointed out that Shizuoka is a huge danger point just like geologists warn about the San Andreas system.


Nothing really changes and life goes on with the hopes that it is another generation that will have to deal with the disaster.  This head in the sand approach is not very wise.  I figured it is time to discuss the geological history of Japan and to understand what this all means.  Namely, the business of Japan floating away from Asia while being shoved the other direction by the Pacific Plate which is moving relentlessly to the northwest.  Here is a diagram I made showing where Japan has moved in the last several dozen million years:

How odd is it to split off from Asia when geological forces are pushing it towards Asia?  The Japanese movie about the sinking of Japan talks about the new information about continental plate megaliths not melting at all but forming giant balls of dense materials that causes a collapse in the lithosphere.


From a paper written in 2007Japan:Huge rock below earth’s crust may have caused catastrophe millions of years ago:


A huge rock called a “megalith,” which lies deep below the earth’s crust, may have played a part in a global catastrophe that is believed to have occurred 40 to 50 million years ago, researchers said.


A megalith is supposed to have caused the sinking of the Japanese archipelago in the popular film, “Nihon Chinbotsu” (“The Sinking of Japan”).


Researchers say a catastrophe on a greater scale than the sinking of Japan may have occurred 40 to 50 million years ago, noting that a megalith collapsed below the crust in Asia and plates were undergoing drastic changes on a global scale at the time.


In a joint project, researchers at the semi-governmental Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the University of Tokyo analyzed seismic waves and electromagnetic waves deep below the crust. They also used a supercomputer to simulate changes in plates and conducted experiments on rocks under high temperatures and pressure.


They found out that the shapes of megaliths in various parts of the world differ from each other. Megaliths are formed from a concentration of plates around 660 kilometers below the earth’s crust…Based on the findings, the researchers presumed that a huge rock about 2,900 kilometers below the crust in Asia was formed as a result of the collapse of a megalith 40 to 50 million years ago, judging from the speed at which the nearby plates sank.


At the time, plates dramatically changed on a global scale. The direction in which the Pacific plate was moving changed from north to west and the Indian and Australian plates became connected.


Before I go further into the megalith story, here is a diagram of the plates we are looking at today: From a paper written in 2003:   Origins of the Japanese Islands: The New “Big Picture”

I have noted in the past how various parts of the planet seem to collapse.  We see this happening in the center of the US with the Mississippi basin falling lower and lower each time with immense earthquakes.  These deformations in the lithosphere are common, not unusual.


What is unusual with Japan is the complex nature of these collapses that surround Japan.  The landmass that was split off of Asia has been growing due to volcanic activity but it is also being destroyed by tectonic plate movements.


Here is a page from a book  about all this:  Ore Deposits and Mantle Plumes – Franco Pirajno – Google Books


The earthquakes on earth never go below 640 km and there seems to be several levels above that for example, many quakes happen at the 10 km level which seems to be a ‘skin’ of continental plate material that is separate from the lower levels that are more fluid.  Ore Deposits and Mantle Plumes – Franco Pirajno – Google Books

These megaliths are basically all the lithosphere oceanic material that has slid under a continent which, instead of being melted like previous models supposed, actually ‘balls up’ until it reaches critical mass and then suddenly it can then detach from the lithosphere above and fall suddenly towards the core of the earth where it finally melts.

What happened with Japan was, it moved very suddenly away from Asia when a subduction zone’s megalith suddenly broke free and a large depression suddenly formed, creating the present Sea of Japan.  The Japanese are worried that another megalith on the other side of Japan will do the same thing, thus the movie about Japan sinking.

Are there lithosphere megaliths?  We don’t know.  This is all intelligent guess work.  It would explain why Japan moved away from Asia despite the huge forces shoving the Pacific Plate into Asia.

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5 responses to “Substrata Megaliths: The Sinking Of Japan

  1. Jay

    If you watch ‘sinking of Japan’, you have to watch Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu (everywhere sinks except Japan)


    ELAINE: HAHAHAHA…good catch! Very funny satire.

  2. DeVaul

    England is another island that is sinking:

    The London Mercantile Exchange will drop the pound sterling for use in settling non-ferrous metals contracts because China is the main custumer. The new currency? The Chinese renminbe (yuan).

    (This article also shows a great chart about historical reserve currencies, and also explains why contracts for delivery are settled in three months. Very interesting historical stuff.)

  3. kenogami

    It is interesting that most if not all of New Zealand was under the sea 25 millions years ago. The continent of New Zealand is half the size of Australia, most of it is still under the sea today.

    “Movements from within the earth caused the break up of Gondwana. About 80 to 50 million years ago the Tasman Sea formed as a result of new sea-floor being created, splitting New Zealand from Australia and Antarctica. During and following this time erosion began to reduce the mountainous land to a flat plain. Low-lying swampy areas were formed, then eventually the sea covered most parts of the land leaving only a scattering of small islands. Limestones were formed, in which bones of whales and penguins were fossilised along with many other smaller sea creatures.

    New Zealand next experienced major geological upheaval beginning about 24 million years ago when a new plate boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates began to move. Earthquakes, volcanic activity and the uplift of land began near where the two plates collided. These processes have been particularly active over the last 2-3 million years forming the Southern Alps, the North Island ranges and volcanic zones, and shaping New Zealand as we know it today. ”

  4. emsnews

    Thanks for the information about New Zealand. It even looks like Japan when you look at a map. The stray pieces of continents that are ‘islands’ are scattered all over the place.

  5. Joseppi

    Fukuoka prefecture is the sister-state of Hawaii, and Hawaiian airlines just started daily service to Fukuoka – Auspicious or portentous contrails written in the skies over Hawaii……

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