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A massive boulder appeared on a cliff in Japan. He is nicknamed Sudden Rock

A boulder named Sudden Rock is seen on the cliffs of Sandanbeki in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

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A boulder named Sudden Rock is seen on the cliffs of Sandanbeki in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

A boulder that suddenly appeared on picturesque cliffs in a seaside area in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, is expected to become a new tourist attraction.

At 4.2 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1.2 meters high, the rock appears to weigh several tons. He appeared three years ago on the rocky cliff of Sandanbeki, a picturesque area of ​​50-meter-high cliffs stretching for more than half a kilometer.

A strong typhoon swept through the Japanese archipelago, including Wakayama Prefecture, in September 2018. The boulder appeared on the edge of the cliffs just after the typhoon.

Locals believe the rock may have been carried by high waves during the typhoon, as it has the same structure as the cliffs, which are made of sandstone and mudstone.

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The waves were so high at the time that they reached the top of the cliffs. Locals believe that the receding waves must have carried the rock from the land side of the cliffs to the seaside.

Sandanbeki is a popular tourist place in the city of Shirahama. There is an observatory where visitors can have a panoramic view and a cave where the waves crash. A company organizing a guided tour of the cave came up with the idea of ​​turning the rock into a new tourist resource.

The company, Sandanbeki Cave, asked the public to name the rock through their official Instagram account and through an app box in the cave. The name chosen was “Sudden Rock” because it suddenly appeared.

The typhoon also left devastating scars in the region. The high waves collapsed part of the cliffs, and the face of the cliffs about 100 meters west of the observatory was dug, and several rocks fell into the sea.

“We want people to witness the power of typhoons and the wonders of nature,” the company said.