Interesting and Scary: Giant Oarfish indicate an Earthquake?

Now I lived in California for years and was rattled a bit here and there by earthquakes.  I have a general respect for them.

Oarfish predict Earthquakes?I have also heard a lot of stories.  If you live there, you know what ‘Earthquake weather’ is, the color of the sky can let you know, your dog acting nuts….  OK my dog never went nuts and seemed as surprised as I did when we got shaken. I don’t generally believe the predictors, but then I read this:

Just five days after divers discovered a huge 18-foot oarfish off the coast of California, a second 14-foot sea serpent has washed up on a beach in San Diego county. The only other times more than one of these deepwater dwellers have shown up in such short succession, an earthquake struck the surrounding area. In 2010, Japanese fishermen picked up dozens of the deep-sea creatures right around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, then again in 2011, 20 oarfish surfaced prior to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

The oarfish is known in Japan as ryugu no tsukai or “messenger from the sea god’s palace.” While that may not be enough to convince most people that oarfish are reliable predictors of earthquakes, Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology, gave the claim scientific authority when he told Japan Times that “Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.”

I don’t want to be all gloom and doom, but if you live on the West Coast, make sure the water heater is strapped and maybe move the china off that high shelf for a bit.

Full article in Inhabitat here

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