5 Hazards of Digging the Yamashita Treasure


Aside from the natural dangers of treasure hunting on the field, there are hazardous dangers that you need to be aware about especially when it comes to the hidden Yamashita Treasures in the Philippines. You have to know that the Japanese Imperial Army had their own engineers who carefully planned and genuinely hid their treasures. This was to make sure that no one can easily recover them.

On this post, let us discuss the 5 common hazards of digging the hidden Yamashita Treasure:

1. Poisoned Layer of Soil

Poisoned layer of soil has already been discussed a couple times in the past previous posts.

When you dig a certain positive treasure site, you will encounter layers of soil with different colors. Sometimes they smell pretty bad (like a rotten corpse of a dead animal) or very sweet (like perfume). Being exposed digging on the spot for a certain prolonged period of time, it makes you feel very hungry. If you are not wearing any boots or gloves, your skin that makes contact with the soil tends to get itchy. Those are the signs that the soil was contaminated with poison.

Anyway, if the place or site often experiences rainfall then there are chances that the poisons on those soil already got washed away. But if the place or site is often dry, there are chances that the soil is still contaminated with the poison. Thus, its best to wear your complete gear as you dig.

2. Cyanide Capsules

Some of you might have already encountered strange glasses of capsules containing some kind of liquid or powder. The most common capsule is the cylindrical glass which is divided into two chambers. One of the chamber contains the liquid while the other chamber contains the powder.

The liquid is actually a "Sulphuric Acid" while the powder is a "Potassium Cyanide or Sodium Cyanide". When these two components are mixed, they produce "Hydrogen Cyanide" (HCN) gas. A type of gas that is invisible to the naked eyes. Once inhaled, you will have trouble breathing. In just a matter of seconds, you can feel the effect of difficulty in breathing. After one minute, your respiration stops and at about five minutes, your heart fails which means that you are dead.

These cyanide capsules are often mixed on the soil that when the digger is careless, he may accidentally hit and break them. You have to know that it is impossible to detect these capsules unless you found a sign warning about the presence of a poison trap. Thus, always be very observant and cautious as you attempt to dig. You may also want to wear your gas mask (a type of mask with respirator impregnated with metal salts) every time that you are about to dig such poisoned site.

3. Water Trap

Encountering water trap is only possible near a source of water such as the river, pond and lake. So if the location of your treasure hunting site is at a dry place then rest assured that there isn't any water trap involve.

What the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) engineers did in setting up their water trap was that, they dug beneath the water table during the dry season. During this particular season, the level of the water tends to go low. This allowed them to dug beneath the water table with minimal risk.

The Japanese soldiers would then dug a path for the water to flow right into the buried spot of their treasure. They will then seal it to prevent the water from flooding the burial site.

Assuming that you and your crew found a certain site with active water trap but unfortunately one of your diggers unsuspectingly broke the seal of the trap. The tendency of the outcome is that, the weight and velocity of the flowing water can abruptly break the entire seal drowning all the diggers inside the hole.

In order to avoid water traps, you have to be very observant with the signs that you encounter because they can give early warnings of dangerous traps. Aside from being observant with the signs, you also need to be cautious at all times.

4. Dangerous B-ombs

Some THs (treasure hunters) are saying that b-omb traps are no longer a threat because several years already passed since the JIA set them up to protect their treasures. Due to this reason, it is for sure that they are already rusty and chances are, they no longer work. Unfortunately, this is a "wrong notion".

The group of Japanese soldiers assigned in hiding the Yamashita treasures were professional b-omb experts. To prevent their b-omb traps against rust, they used "cosmoline" which was a thick type of grease intended to prevent corrosion or rusts.

There were many different ways on how the Japanese soldiers genuinely setup their b-omb traps. But in most cases, they set them up in a manner that when the object is disturbed or moved, the trap will get triggered for explosion.

5. Suspended Rocks or Soil

Suspended rock or soil is a type of JIA trap that already caused countless number of injuries and even death among THs in the Philippines. In fact, I had an old friend who went digging all by himself during the rainy season. From that point onwards, he never came back making his friends and family worried. A search and rescue operation was immediately set out where they found him dead caught under the bottom of a huge rock.

You have to know that suspended rock or soil could collapse at any given period of time. Thus, the best way to avoid it is to put timber support against them.

Risks and Hazards

Moreover, most traps used by the JIA in hiding their treasures are quite impossible to detect. So as a TH, dealing with all those kinds of traps is the risk that you should be willing to take.