Pond in famed Kumamoto garden drying up after temblor
KUMAMOTO--The traditional Japanese pond at the renowned Suizenji Jojuen garden here has almost completely dried up following the massive earthquake that struck Kyushu in the early hours of April 16.
The vast pond began to lose its water after the magnitude-7.3 quake rattled Kumamoto. The April 16 temblor was confirmed by the Japan Meteorological Agency as the main tremor of a series of quakes that struck central Kyushu Prefecture from the night of April 14.
A priest from Izumijinja shrine, which manages the garden, checked on the pond at 3 a.m. on April 16 after the major earthquake struck. The 27-year-old discovered that the pond appeared pitch black at night rather than reflecting the moon and the lights of the city as usual.
Two hours later at the light of dawn, he observed that about 80 percent of the bottom of the pond was exposed. Its carp inhabitants were struggling to survive by swimming on their sides in the little bit of water that remained.
“Maybe the water source died out,” the priest said.
According to the priest, the pond was fed from underground springs. The park operator is currently trying to refill the pond by pouring in pumped groundwater, but the water levels have not yet returned to normal.
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