Posted by: Chuck | September 14, 2013

Japan deep sea drilling boat casts off to find quakes


Japan-led team of seismologists set off Friday on a mission to drill deep beneath the seabed in a search for the origin of earthquakes. The scientists weighed anchor on Japan’s deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu, heading for a spot in the ocean off the Kii peninsula, southwestern Japan, and a fracture in the Earth’s crust known as the Nankai Trough.

Experts have warned the trough, which marks the place where the Philippine Sea plate slides under the Eurasian plate, is the likely source of a monster earthquake sometime in the near future. Japan’s government last year unveiled a worst-case scenario, warning a big quake in the area could kill more than 320,000 people, dwarfing the toll from the March 11, 2011, quake-tsunami disaster.

In its four-month mission, the latest stage of a multi-year project that began in 2007, the team plans to drill 3,600 meters (2.2 miles) down and take samples from the crust. (Source: AFP News 9/14/13)

Read: http://news.yahoo.com/japan-deep-sea-drilling-boat-casts-off-quakes-033254035.html

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