Quakes disrupted flows of Kyushu groundwater
Water in the spring-fed pond of Suizenji Jojuen park, commonly called Suizenji Park, has almost disappeared. The park in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto, is designated by the government as a place of scenic beauty and a historic site.
“The flow of groundwater could have changed due to the earthquakes,” an expert said.
Toru Iwata, 68, representative priest of Izumi Shrine, which manages the park, said he found that about 70 percent to 80 percent of the water in the one-hectare pond was gone on the morning of April 15, the day after a major tremor that is now recognized as a foreshock to the main quake. The depth of the water had been up to 50 centimeters before the series of quakes began.
The pond was refilled as groundwater was pumped into it, but about 70 percent to 80 percent of the water disappeared again after the main shock on April 16.
The Suizenji-Lake Ezu Springs that surround the park were designated in 2008 by the Environment Ministry as part of the Selected 100 Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters in the Heisei era. Suizenji Park has been a popular tourist site attracting about 400,000 visitors annually.
“All we can do is to wait for the groundwater to recover,” Iwata said.
よくよく考えるとhot springと言うではないかと調べてから気がつきました。インターネットで調べてみますと、英辞郎on the webには、「湧水池」とありました。feedには「必要なものを絶えず供給する」という意味があるので、源泉が絶えず湧き出ているというのをハイフンを用いて形容詞形にしているのだと思われます。(aqua)