Scientists drill ‘world’s deepest ocean hole’ five MILES deep near site of Japan’s Fukushima disaster

THE DEEPEST manmade ocean hole in the world has just been drilled off the coast of Japan. Scientists created the hole in the hope of understanding the reasons for past earthquakes better. COURTESY OF JAMSTECThe hole was dug using a long thin drill[/caption] The new hole is 26,322 feet (5 miles) deep and was created on May 14. It’s in the Pacific Ocean along with the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest oceanic trench on Earth. The Mariana Trench formed naturally and is 36,201 feet deep. The deepest manmade whole in the world is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, which was drilled into the Earth on the border between Russia and Norway. COURTESY OF JAMSTECSediment from the new hole could teach us about past earthquakes[/caption] The Kola Borehole is 40,230 feet. The new ocean hole is located near the epicentre of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake that resulted in the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. The hole has revealed samples of debris from older earthquakes. Nobuhisa Eguchi, the director of the operations department at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, told Vice World News: “The deeper you go into the ocean, the older the samples get. “During earthquakes, bits of the…

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Scientists drill ‘world’s deepest ocean hole’ five MILES deep near site of Japan’s Fukushima disaster

Updated: May 31, 2021 — 10:27 am