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Japanese study disproved the common belief that sightings of rare deep-sea fish are signs of an imminent earthquake

Japanese study disproved the common belief that sightings of rare deep-sea fish are signs of an imminent earthquake

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Deep-Sea Omen In Japan, the appearance of deep-sea fish in shallow waters has long thought to foretell of an impending earthquake. One of the earliest references to the phenomenon is in the Shokoku rijindan, a selection of strange tales published in 1743. However, with no hard research on the subject, it was not known if the belief was fact or merely legend. However, in June a research team from Tokai University’s Institute of Oceanic Research and Development and the University of Shizuoka released results of a study that proved the association between deep sea fish and earthquakes as nothing more than superstition. The group scoured records for sightings of eight deep-dwelling species like the oarfish and ribbon fish that are widely held to be portents of impending temblors. It identified 336 cases between November 1928 and March 2011 of deep-sea fish washing ashore or getting caught in nets. The team then looked for evidence of earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and above within a 100-…
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