Risk of Digging Buried Yamashita Treasure | Dangerous Traps


Historical records claims that buried “Japanese or Yamashita Treasures” in the Philippines consists of undocumented number of golden Buddha, gold bars, gold/silver coins, jewelries and antiques. Can you just imagine yourself being able to recover any of these items? If you do, you will surely be living in a wealthy life. But despite of the fortune, THs (treasure hunters) are actually risking their lives every time they attempt to dig any of these hidden Japanese treasures.

The JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) back in WW2 (World War II) buried most of their war-loot treasures by equipping them with “dangerous traps”. These traps includes poisonous gas, toxic chemicals and vintage bombs. Many THs actually fell as victims into these traps which unfortunately ended their lives. Thus, THing (treasure hunting) in the Philippines either as profession or hobby must always be treated with “utmost risk”.

Aside from dangerous traps are “natural causes” particularly earthquakes and landslides. No one can actually predict when an earthquake is going to happen. Due to this reason, THs or anyone working under the ground are at risk when it unexpectedly occur.

Unlike earthquakes, landslides are caused by bad weather conditions which our modern age technology now allow us to predict their occurrences. So it is always best advised “not to go THing” during “rainy seasons” or “incoming bad weather” is announced.

Assuming that you have successfully recovered a certain Yamashita treasure deposit, the risk involve still does not end here. Bad people will come after you especially when they found out about the valuable item in your possession just like the case of “Roger Rogelio Roxas”.

THing in the Philippines is indeed a very risky type of activity which can never be avoided by THs. If you cannot afford to take the risk then hunting for the buried Yamashita treasures is not for you.

Risk and Danger

Avoiding the Risks of Digging WW2 Japanese Treasures

All the risks involve mentioned above can be avoided provided that you know exactly what you are doing. Experienced THs most likely know how to handle those risks but for the amateurs, it is vital for them to learn some guidance.

Here are some of the following tips on how to avoid or minimize the risks of digging the Yamashita hidden treasures:

1. EMDs (Electronic Metal Detectors)

EMDs are not just meant to be used to detect buried treasure deposits. It is actually a tool that can also be used by THs to avoid the risks of accidentally triggering booby traps. Thus, if it happens that your equipment detected a certain metallic object then “do not be too hasty” enough to dig it. You have to take extra caution and dig slow.

2. Gloves and Boots

If a treasure sign indicating a warning about “poison trap” is found, diggers must wear their gloves and boots to avoid “skin contact” with the soil. The JIA often contaminate the inner layers of soil with deadly chemicals which emits strong scent of odor. This scent could either be “sweet” which smells good like perfume or terribly bad like a rotten dead corpse of rat.

Exposure to contaminated soil will first have a symptom of experiencing “itchiness”. After several hours, the victim will experience “dizziness” then later, “paralysis” and “death”. It is a very slow process of dying with no known possible cure even up to this date.

3. Gas Mask

Other than a contaminated soil as discussed above, a poison warning sign also indicate “deadly gas traps”. Unlike the chemical poison, inhalation of this poisonous gas leads to an “immediate death”. This form of trap can only be encountered deep from the ground. And unfortunately, the only possible way to avoid this danger is by “wearing a gas mask”.

4. Timbers

When a hole or tunnel is dug on a ground consisting of “loose type of soil”, it has the huge tendency to collapse. Any experienced or skilled diggers will surely suggest the use of “timbers for support”.

Note: The Philippine Government just recently implemented a strict “Law” prohibiting illegal or unauthorized cutting of trees even when they are at your own backyard.

5. Water Pumps

“Water trap” is another risk involve when digging the Yamashita treasure. When unsuspectingly triggered, a sudden burst of water will fill the hole causing it to collapse burying and drowning the diggers to their own death. Sadly, the only possible way to avoid water traps is to interpret early warning treasure signs.

Some THs who encountered water traps but persistent to continue working on their projects does not have any other options but to use “water pumps”. Although, the risk involve remains the same because at any given time, the water could suddenly overpower the water pumps.