A mystery layer of foam appeared on the streets in the centre of a southern Japanese city after the first deadly earthquake smashed the island of Kyushu, leaving residents baffled by the phenomenon which the authorities, busy with the disaster’s aftermath, found no time to explain, reported Telegraph.
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The foam appeared in the city of Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest city, where tremors from the first magnitude-7.3 quake that struck on April 14 were felt.
“I saw it just after the earthquake,”
explained Kazuki Nabeta, who lives in the central district of Tenjin.
“People were posting pictures on Twitter and it was near my house, so I went out to have a look.
“There was a fire engine there. There wasn’t anything special about it, it was just normal foam.”
Some speculated that it may be the result of a burst underground pipe caused by the earthquake. Others suggested it could have been common firefighting foam, although no fire trucks could be seen anywhere in the photos.
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The south-western island of Kyushu was hit by back-to-back earthquakes, around 30 people have been killed, injured more than 1,500 and left many more homeless.
An estimated 180,000 people are set to spend a third night in temporary shelters following the quake, which has left 62,000 homes without electricity and 300,000 homes without water.
Rescuers are in a “race against time” to find survivors of the quake who may be trapped under rubble,
Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has said.