Yonaguni was discovered in 1987 by Submanirista Kihachiro Arataka on the south coast Japan. It was found on the Ruyukyu Islands and joined the list of underwater sites, found or not. Like Atlantida or El Dorado.
The discovery, like many others, happened by chance. Arataka was exploring the area and He found some steps, of authentic and symmetrical carving, with calculated edges that appear to be human work.
At the moment of the encounter, the diver learned that it was a treasure for the island. “My hair stood on end, it was overwhelming”As he expressed in a recent interview with the BBC. In addition, it should be noted that the rock formations have a width of 50 meters and a height of 20 meters.
The place was christened with the name “” Atlantis Japan” It is estimated to be more than 10,000 years old, although its age cannot be confirmed yet.
Since the discovery, many experts have visited the site, including scientific experts from Ruyukyu University. According to geologist Masaaki Kimura, the structure could have been created by a civilization called “Jomon”, who lived in the Pacific About 12,000 years ago.
“I think it is very difficult to explain its origin as purely natural, because of the overwhelming evidence of human influence on structures”Kimura explained, also to the BBC.
“After seeing (the memorial), I think it’s impossible for a human to do that, especially with all those flat surfaces. It’s really impressive, with so many different surfaces and symmetrical shapes. I definitely think it’s not normal.”And the hung Kenzo WatinabeProfessional diver.
However, there is another theory, Another group of experts holds that training is of natural, not human origin. According to his theory, the levels of the place will be the product of different earthquakes over the years.
Rock formations at right angles are common in areas of geological instability and earthquakes Because tectonic plates are constantly moving and underwater formations change their shape.
It doesn’t matter which theory you prefer, artificial or natural, “Atlantis Japan“It remains a mystery to experts and a great attraction for tourists.
This is Yonaguni, “Japan’s Atlantis.”