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Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan
Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish - traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake - have been washed ashore or caught in fishermen's nets.


By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 7:00AM GMT 04 Mar 2010
Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan


"The appearance of the fish follows Saturday's destructive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile and the January 12 tremors in Haiti, which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives.

A quake with a magnitude of 6.4 has also struck southern Taiwan.

This rash of tectonic movements around the Pacific "Rim of Fire" is heightening concern that Japan - the most earthquake-prone country in the world - is next in line for a major earthquake.

Those concerns have been stoked by the unexplained appearance of a fish that is known traditionally as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace.

The giant oarfish can grow up to five metres in length and is usually to be found at depths of 1,000 metres and very rarely above 200 metres from the surface. Long and slender with a dorsal fin the length of its body, the oarfish resembles a snake.

In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast.

According to traditional Japanese lore, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake - and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake - but experts here are placing more faith in their constant high-tech monitoring of the tectonic plates beneath the surface.

"In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph.

"But these are just old superstitions and there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake," he said.

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Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan
Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish - traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake - have been washed ashore or caught in fishermen's nets.


By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 7:00AM GMT 04 Mar 2010
Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan


"The appearance of the fish follows Saturday's destructive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile and the January 12 tremors in Haiti, which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives.

A quake with a magnitude of 6.4 has also struck southern Taiwan.

This rash of tectonic movements around the Pacific "Rim of Fire" is heightening concern that Japan - the most earthquake-prone country in the world - is next in line for a major earthquake.

Those concerns have been stoked by the unexplained appearance of a fish that is known traditionally as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace.

The giant oarfish can grow up to five metres in length and is usually to be found at depths of 1,000 metres and very rarely above 200 metres from the surface. Long and slender with a dorsal fin the length of its body, the oarfish resembles a snake.

In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast.

According to traditional Japanese lore, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake - and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake - but experts here are placing more faith in their constant high-tech monitoring of the tectonic plates beneath the surface.

"In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph.

"But these are just old superstitions and there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake," he said.

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Interesting.

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Wow, here's a pic:

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Wow indeed!
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damned
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7.5-8.0 in Japan would kill thousands and cost billions.

It would also crash Asian markets.
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yay for doom...


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Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan
Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish - traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake - have been washed ashore or caught in fishermen's nets.


By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 7:00AM GMT 04 Mar 2010
Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan


"The appearance of the fish follows Saturday's destructive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile and the January 12 tremors in Haiti, which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives.

A quake with a magnitude of 6.4 has also struck southern Taiwan.

This rash of tectonic movements around the Pacific "Rim of Fire" is heightening concern that Japan - the most earthquake-prone country in the world - is next in line for a major earthquake.

Those concerns have been stoked by the unexplained appearance of a fish that is known traditionally as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace.

The giant oarfish can grow up to five metres in length and is usually to be found at depths of 1,000 metres and very rarely above 200 metres from the surface. Long and slender with a dorsal fin the length of its body, the oarfish resembles a snake.

In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast.

According to traditional Japanese lore, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake - and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake - but experts here are placing more faith in their constant high-tech monitoring of the tectonic plates beneath the surface.

"In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph.

"But these are just old superstitions and there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake," he said.

[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]
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I think old superstitions are more reliable than modern day science!
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That would FEED many people

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7.5-8.0 in Japan would kill thousands and cost billions.

It would also crash Asian markets.
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Arent they messing with US?


just asking...
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Uh-oh..

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Everything is permitted..
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A friend was in Tokyo a few years ago. In the hotel lobby there was a pond with very friendly koi carp. One morning the carp were no where to be seen - they were hiding in the rock sides of the pond. There was a mild quake later that morning. I think fish are sensitive to tectonic plate vibrations - even some carp in a pond.
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7.5-8.0 in Japan would kill thousands and cost billions.

It would also crash Asian markets.
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yes, but an earth quake is just what is needed during a recession...

you can build a lot and the gdp goes skyrocketing
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I think old superstitions are more reliable than modern day science!
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EXACTLY!

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hf for all in EQ zones, even those currently in fairly quiet areas now... hf
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Those fish are really cool looking. Nice photo.
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That would FEED many people


Wow, here's a pic:

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Can I get fries with that?
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The fish do not know the "science" but they are obviously REACTING to something and historically the Oarfish are more in TOUCH with science than the geeks-by far-



and I sense it as well...the whole of the ring of fire is going to be a mess-and many other areas-sad to say-enjoy what you have no ONE knows how long they have-old age is not a guarantee...


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When Japan happened I responded: "The Excrement Has Impacted the Rotary Oscillator." and clearly it has.
Thread: The Excrement Is Striking the Rotary Oscillator
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From Deseret News archives:
ODD OARFISH BEHAVIOR HELPS JAPANESE PREDICT BIG QUAKES
By Andi Spicer, London Observer Service
Published: Sunday, April 29, 1990 12:00 a.m.

A rare deep-sea creature - the slender oarfish - is helping Japanese scientists predict major earthquakes.

In Japanese folklore, if an oarfish, which normally lives at depths of more than 600 feet, is landed in nets then major tremors are not far behind.Two slender oarfish were caught in fixed nets recently only days before a series of earthquakes shook Japan. The fish are distinctive with a ribbon-shaped silver body that often measures more than 16 feet long. They have a long tasseled dorsal fin that is bright scarlet and rays out into long streamers.

According to the Tokai University Marine Museum in Japan, an oarfish was caught two days before a major earthquake on Niijima island, near Tokyo, in 1963. When shock waves hit Uwajima Bay in 1968, the same type of rare fish was caught only a few days before.

Using animals as a prediction of tremors is not new.

The Roman general and natural historian, Pliny the Elder, noted that "even the birds do not remain sitting without fear" before a quake. An ancient Greek historian in the city of Helice wrote that he was astonished to see all the animals in the city - rats, snakes, weasels, even the worms and insects - leaving town. Five days later, Helice was leveled by a massive earthquake and sank below the sea.

Throughout history, snakes have crawled out of their holes, pigs have become depressed, dogs howled, and chickens and geese become all aflutter minutes before the earth moves. Even elephants are said to move out into the open, away from dense forest.

Scientists are divided on the reasons for animals' sixth sense. Alarmed by vibrations or unknown electric fields, songbirds in Japan are silenced before the ground shakes.

But the phenomenon of the slender oarfish is different in that the animal is dying or dead when caught on the surface. The oarfish has a unique elongated shape that could make it susceptible to underwater shock waves. It may be stunned and then float to the surface, where it dies of asphyxiation.

Another reason could be that poisonous gases, particularly hydrogen sulfide, are released from the earth's crust during seismic activity. Some species of fish are more sensitive to change in the chemical composition of their environment and die because they are unable to absorb oxygen from the water.

Humphrey Greenwood, of London's Natural History Museum, points to a similar phenomenon with Nile perch in East Africa, where thousands died and surfaced in a lake only days before an earthquake. Gases released from the crust under the lake had poisoned the fish.

"But it could be fanciful imagination," says Greenwood. The slender oarfish is a distinctive and highly visible creature, often mistaken for a sea serpent in the past.

"Just as everyone knows where they were when they heard that Kennedy was shot, the oarfishes' bright colors make it a sight not forgotten."

To link it with some supernatural occurrence that follows soon after - like an earthquake - would be human nature.
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Trust the fish!
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From Deseret News archives:
ODD OARFISH BEHAVIOR HELPS JAPANESE PREDICT BIG QUAKES
By Andi Spicer, London Observer Service
Published: Sunday, April 29, 1990 12:00 a.m.

A rare deep-sea creature - the slender oarfish - is helping Japanese scientists predict major earthquakes.

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Great article!
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Bigger earthquake is coming.

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Doom is Near!
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Nice find OP
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Holy Crap!

That thing even LOOKS like a harbinger of DOOM...
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From Deseret News archives:
ODD OARFISH BEHAVIOR HELPS JAPANESE PREDICT BIG QUAKES
By Andi Spicer, London Observer Service
Published: Sunday, April 29, 1990 12:00 a.m.

A rare deep-sea creature - the slender oarfish - is helping Japanese scientists predict major earthquakes.




Great article!
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Published: Sunday, April 29, 1990 12:00 a.m. interesting!
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same thing happens here in the midwest before a big twister..animals/people act weird all day before it happens..i`ve picked up on it several times..especially f3`s or bigger...stuff like this has more credentials to me than any one person predicting a earthquake or disaster..signs are always there ya just have to look for them...Native Americans were very in tune with this..they watched the skys, ocean, and animal behavior to find their truths

Pin it---i bet within 5 days it happens
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Wow

oarfish can grow to up to 16 feet long and frequent depths of up to 3,300 feet

3,300 feet deep
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