By Debbie Ziegelmeyer
PADI Dive Instructor
photo taken by jpatokal
I decided this needed further investigation and in light of the recent earthquakes and the tsunami that followed, the first step was to determine if this sight had survived the devastation.
Yonaguni is part of a chain of islands known as the Ryuku Islands located south of Japan just off the northeastern coast of Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan extending south only as far as mid-country. I check several Scuba diving websites offering trips to Yonaguni and found no reported damage to the dive site or canceled area diving due to earthquake or tsunami damage.
The first scientist to do an extensive investigation of the underwater structures was Masaki Kimura, a marine geologist, and professor at Ryukyu University in Okinawa. The professor has been diving at the underwater site measuring and mapping for over 15 years and has come to the conclusion that the ruins are most likely an ancient Japanese city sunk by an earthquake about 2,000 years ago. Kimura has discovered quarry marks in the stone, characters etched onto carved faces, and rocks sculpted into animal likenesses. One example is described as an underwater sphinx that resembles a Chinese or ancient Okinawan king. Professor Kimura has identified ten structures off Yonaguni and five related structures off the mainland of Okinawa. The ruins cover an area spanning 984 feet by 492 feet and include the ruins of a castle, a triumphal arch, five temples, and at least one large stadium. These massive underwater structures are connected by what seems to be roads and water channels protected by what could be huge retaining walls.
So the age-old question is still, who influenced the building of pyramids, why were they constructed in different parts of the world, how can it be that similar structures were being built on different continents by different civilizations which had no recorded contact or influence on each other, and how was the construction of these structures possible with the limited tools of the eras?
If that long question doesn’t boggle your mind, visit Richard Hoagland’s website “Enterprise Mission” and take a look at the pictures of the pyramids on Mars. If this truly million-dollar question is ever legitimately answered, it could, in fact, change history turning the questions into millions of dollars worth of answers in the form of books, documentaries, and TV deals.