A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Surigao del Norte last Friday while its aftershocks caused massive damages later on.
However, an incident two days prior to the earthquake, which many netizens remember, may have been the sign of the impending disaster
According to ABS-CBN, a viral Facebook picture of a large 10-foot-long oarfish was caught off the coast of Agusan del Norte on Wednesday.
Some animals such as dogs, rodents, horses, and cows. are supposedly able to sense whenever an earthquake may happen. Many consider the appearance of the rare oarfish, and other such deep sea creatures, to be signs of earthquakes. However, no one has yet been able to determine if that’s factual or not.
Back in 2013, Rachel Grant a lecturer in animal biology began studies to find out whether or not the appearance of oarfish precedes earthquakes as cited in ancient Japanese legends. In Japanese folklore, the appearance of an oarfish is a bad omen.
According to a Ms. Grant: “It’s theoretically possible because when an earthquake occurs there can be a build-up of pressure in the rocks which can lead to electrostatic charges that cause electrically charged ions to be released into the water,”
In a separate but related article posted by the Japan Times, seismologist Kiyoshi Wadatsumi stated 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.”
It’s very easy for the untrained layman to believe any initial sightings. However, the evidence is very compelling, to say the least.
Back in 2010, scores of oarfish were spotted at Japan before being followed by devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the Telegraph reports. However, scientists are not convinced that the appearance of the oarfish is any indication of disasters. More research is being made to test the possible connection between earthquakes and oarfish.
During her interview with the Independent, Grant is preparing to find out the link between the fish and the disaster. She was ready to admit that many factors can contribute to the appearance of these fish.
“It may be due to seismic activity or it may be due to other factors unconnected with earthquakes, such as infrasound caused by underwater activities, such as military submarines, or pollution,” she adds.
Do you think the oarfish can help us prepare for an earthquake? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Cracker Daily
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