Chikyu: Japan's Drill To Attempt 1st Ever Earth's Mantel Expedition For Earthquake Prediction

By Charisse Mae Villanueva | Apr 11, 2017 03:55 PM EDT
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Chikyu will attempt the first ever expedition to the center of the Earth (specifically the mantle). Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology or (JAMSTEC) will attempt the expedition on September. One of its purposes is to find a way to predict Earthquakes. The machine will start boring as early as the 2020s.

JAMTECH's ambitious plan will start its preliminary tests in September, the Huffington Tech has learned. The drill, which is called "Chikyu" will have two sites considered. First is the site off the coast of Costa Rico while the other site is near the Mexican coast in Mexico. The research is funded by the Japanese government for Earthquake Prediction.

It is not surprising that Japan is one of the pioneers for the Chikyu expedition for earthquake prediction. The country is being shaken by Earthquakes after earthquakes each year. Usually, it is not small tremors, but high magnitude Earthquakes that could bring buildings down and kill lives. The explanation for this is Japan's geography. Japan is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, as per Live Science. And the event the Earthquake that has caused Tsunamis and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will be one of the most unforgettable disasters in the country.

Earth's mantle is where the Chikyu will try to go. The drill will have to travel 2.5 miles of water and 3.4 miles of crust to be able to reach the mantle. The Earth's mantle causes the movements of plates that cause earthquakes. Finding a perfect location is the toughest job to do at the moment. New information about this unknown region of the Earth is also appealing enough to continue the project.

"In Japan, we have some volcanoes, earthquakes and such kind of natural hazards. People (want to create) some monitoring or analysis equipment but we don't know ... what kind of factor to use." Natsue Aba's answer in one of his interviews regarding the project.

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