In the early hours of January 1, Japan was jolted awake by the powerful force of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake. As the tremors subsided in Ishikawa Prefecture, aftershocks reverberated across the country. At least 62 people died in Wednesday's quake, while rescue workers tried to save more people stuck under the rubble of buildings.
With its epicenter off the coast of JapanIn addition to major damage, the earthquake also left visible cracks in the ground in many places.
Now, a viral video shared on Instagram by @javeyfeu following the tremors shows undulating movements on the ground's surface during the earthquake, making for a disturbing sight.
Watch the video below:
These visible traces are a clear reminder of the enormous energy released during seismic events.
Locals in Ishikawa They struggled with the consequences as most houses and infrastructure in the area were affected. Images on social media showed roads splitting and fields turning into rugged landscapes.
Amid the chaos, the resilience of the Japanese people was evident, as they quickly mobilized to meet the challenges of the earthquake.
Reacting to the video of the heaving earth, Instagram users expressed pure amazement and shock. One user said: “I would have run the red light or whatever it was she was sitting at.” Another wrote: “The earth breathes.”
Another user tried to figure out the actual science behind the phenomenon and commented: “A magma bubble is trying to burst.”