Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark

Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark is one of the more interesting Geopark attractions in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan.

Nagasaki Geopark consists of the Unzen Volcanic Area and covers the entire area of the Shimabara Peninsula in Nagasaki Prefecture.  There are three cities in this Geopark, Shimabara, Unzen and Minami Shimabara City and about 150,000 people live in the Geopark.  One of the more interesting area of the Unzen Geopark is the Chijiwa Fault as it is the largest active fault on the Peninsula.

This fault was formed by north and south tearing of the peninsula's basement.  The maximum displacement, accumulated  over 300,000 years, reaches 450 m.  Today the displacement occurs at a rate of 1.5 mm/y.

The Chijiwa fault Nagasaki Geopark is a beauty of nature and amazing to look at from all angles.  I took these photos from the Obama side along a coastal road but I am told that the best place to view this unique phenom is from the House of Nature located at the top of a peak bisecting Obama and Chijiwa.  I will attempt to add these pictures to my collection someday as my trials and tribulations into the area that i have not yet mastered have sparked a fire deep inside me to learn more and find out specific details about this amazing place I live in called the Shimabara Peninsular.

Check out the Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark for yourself on a map!

Please click on the photos below to enlarge:

Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark Chijiwa Beach below
Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark
The view across the bay
Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark
Chijiwa Fault
Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark
View from the port


Here is a video showing the Chijiwa Fault Nagasaki Geopark:

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