Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Oarfish Can Really Predict Earthquakes According To Experts

Batangas, Philippines was rocked by a strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night around 9 p.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake was also felt in various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Though no damages was reported, a series of aftershocks were recorded several hours after the initial quake.


As of 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, Phivolcs reported the following earthquake intensities:
  • Intensity VI - Batangas City
  • Intensity V - Malvar and Calatagan, Batangas
  • Intensity IV - Makati City; Obando, Bulacan; Silang, Noveleta, Imus and Indang, Cavite; Calamba, Laguna; Sta. Ana, Manila; Valenzuela City; Tagaytay City; Cuenca, Batangas
  • Intensity III - Mandaluyong City; Quezon City; Gen. Trias, & Dasmariñas, Cavite ; Pasay City; Lucena City; Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • Intensity II - Talisay, Batangas; Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro; Pasig City; Meycauayan, Bulacan


Oarfish and Earthquake

Some are claiming that oarfish washing ashore is a sign that an earthquake will soon follow.

These giant creatures described as 'messengers of the sea' by Japanese experts have been washing ashore in the Philippines in recent months, triggering fears an earthquake is about to hit.

A number of bizarre-looking creatures, which usually live at depths of 3,000ft, have been found dead along the country's coasts.

A specialist in ecological seismology, Kiyoshi Wadatsumi said that deep-sea fish which usually live at depths of 3,000ft or near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.

About two weeks before the 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Surigao City, two oarfish have been found in the beaches of Butuan City and another oarfish was washed ashore in Misamis Occidental and in Agusan del Norte days later.

And on February 10 , a big earthquake rocked Surigao City leaving 6 persons dead and thousands of victims hurt. The earthquake left properties, roads and infrastructures damaged.

While residents are still recovering from the natural calamity, a number of oarfish and other sea-deep creatures were found on the beaches of nearby provinces.
Mark Benfield, an oceanographer and ecologist of Louisiana State University warned that whatever the oceanographic phenomena push these animals on shore, they’re probably on a large enough scale to affect more than one oarfish.

The sightings have caused quite a stir among residents with a lot of shares on social media networks noting that the sightings tend to tell of a bad omen that a calamity like an earthquake is about to hit the city.

Recorded Sightings

Before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area.

Dozens of the deep-sea denizens were also discovered by Japanese fishermen around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in March 2010.