Study debunks belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes
The belief that deep-sea fish sightings are connected with earthquakes has its roots in a mermaid legend found in the "Shokoku Rijin Dan," a collection of strange tales published in the 18th century.
Orihara and the team searched for academic papers on sightings of deep-sea fish and examined old newspaper articles at the National Diet Library, assuming that such cases were rare enough to be picked up by regional media.
By comparing the sightings to Japan Meteorological Agency seismic records extending back to 1923, the team found there were 371 cases of deep-sea fish sightings in the period between Nov. 26, 1928 and March 11, 2011, the date of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In the same period, earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater were recorded 221 times. However, when the research team investigated how many of the quakes occurred within a 100-kilometer radius of a deep-sea fish sighting up to 30 days prior, they found only a July 16, 2007, earthquake that jolted Niigata Prefecture.Read more: ABS-CBN News
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