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Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan (March 4, 2010 story)
telergaph,co.uk ^ | orig March 4, 2010

Posted on 03/13/2011 9:24:09 PM PDT by doug from upland

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.

The giant oarfish can grow up to five metres in length and is usually to be found at depths of 1,000 metres

Photo: NORBERT WU / MINDEN PICTURES

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo 7:00AM GMT 04 Mar 2010

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; japan; oarfish

1 posted on 03/13/2011 9:24:13 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: All

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


2 posted on 03/13/2011 9:26:43 PM PDT by doug from upland (Barack Hussein Obama - making Jimmy Carter look better every day)
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To: doug from upland

I think I remember reading this. How eerie...

And then there’s this at the end of the article:

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

I think he’ll have to rethink his position now.


3 posted on 03/13/2011 9:29:11 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: doug from upland
I am not sure what to make of the dates. The poster said it was posted on March 4. The article itself appeared on the March 14 version of the paper, yet the article has a March 4 date to it. Too bad the article was not posted prior to the earthquake, if in fact it really was written in early March.

There is probably something to this, but so far it sounds like another of Nostradamus' prophecies.

4 posted on 03/13/2011 9:30:22 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: doug from upland

An interesting, if spooky, creature from immense depths. If its appearance portended “the big one”, the people had over a year to prepare for it. Sometimes, that is TOO much warning.


5 posted on 03/13/2011 9:32:17 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: doug from upland
So if they show up on the beaches of Southern California or in the Bay Area of San Francisco, then you might want to stay away from the beach.

I am not sure if a magnitude 8+ quake hit off Southern California/Bay Area - that people could move inland in time...

6 posted on 03/13/2011 9:32:48 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: doug from upland
"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.

No, no scientific relationship, meaning only that science hasn't found the connection, but there would sure seem to be an objective relationship.

7 posted on 03/13/2011 9:33:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: mlocher

It was March 4th 2010 not 2011.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 9:33:46 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: doug from upland

This is from a year ago.


9 posted on 03/13/2011 9:34:35 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: mlocher
I am not sure what to make of the dates.

Check the dates again. The fish appeared March 2010.

10 posted on 03/13/2011 9:34:42 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: mlocher

“I am not sure what to make of the dates. The poster said it was posted on March 4. The article itself appeared on the March 14 version of the paper, yet the article has a March 4 date to it. Too bad the article was not posted prior to the earthquake, if in fact it really was written in early March.”

Except it says March 4, 2010 in the article.


11 posted on 03/13/2011 9:35:17 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: CARDINALRULES
It was March 4th 2010 not 2011.

In that case it's not an objective relationship. I take back my previous post.

12 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Outlaw Woman; doug from upland
I think I remember reading this. How eerie...

That's because it's from over a year ago.

13 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: doug from upland

I believe critters know what’s gonna happen before us mortals, yet, my kitties were the worst at warning me of pending earthquakes when I lived in Los Angeles. Totally useless. I don’t have a prayer now if a tornado is upon me.


14 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:43 PM PDT by peggybac (In the contemporary world, they pulled a Pearl Harbor. We need to pull a Hiroshima.)
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To: mlocher

Note the year...March 4, 2010


15 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:46 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: doug from upland

The oarfish is actually beautifully colored blue with bright red dorsal fin. The one pictured was preserved & lost the color.


16 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:52 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: topher

It will only means Charlie Sheen is going for swim in Pacific Ocean.


17 posted on 03/13/2011 9:37:04 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: BobL

I am not sure what to make of this either. I had heard about the Oarfish legend and did a search. This is the article I found. I am not sure why the Telegraph just posted the old article, but I found it interesting.


18 posted on 03/13/2011 9:38:47 PM PDT by doug from upland (Barack Hussein Obama - making Jimmy Carter look better every day)
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To: All

I asked the mods to change it to March 4, 2010 in the headline.


19 posted on 03/13/2011 9:40:49 PM PDT by doug from upland (Barack Hussein Obama - making Jimmy Carter look better every day)
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To: doug from upland

This post could cause a panic...I guess?


20 posted on 03/13/2011 9:43:38 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: doug from upland

I hope all those dead dolphins from a few months back arent an omen of things to come.


21 posted on 03/13/2011 9:51:01 PM PDT by TShaunK
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To: BobL

Thanks. The argument is still valid if the article is dated Mar 4, 2011 or Mar 4, 2010. It was still posted after the fact.


22 posted on 03/13/2011 9:51:10 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: doug from upland

I thought dogs and cats also become skittish before earthquakes.


23 posted on 03/13/2011 9:53:21 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: doug from upland

Should be brilliant silver, not blue.


24 posted on 03/13/2011 9:56:26 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: buccaneer81

Makes no difference to me. It just rang a bell in my memory. Don’t know exactly when I saw it.


25 posted on 03/13/2011 10:03:28 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: CARDINALRULES
It was March 4th 2010 not 2011.

I knew this was a fishy story......

26 posted on 03/13/2011 10:16:47 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: Cold Heart

That’s not an Oarfish.

Don’t know what it is but it looks nothing like an Oarfish.


27 posted on 03/13/2011 10:20:51 PM PDT by Amadeo
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To: Amadeo

I agree. This is not an oarfish. An Oarfish is hugh, the size of a grown Anaconda or Boa Constrictor.

PS: I think this is a picture of Helen Thomas as a young girl. The eyes are similar.


28 posted on 03/13/2011 10:36:07 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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29 posted on 03/13/2011 10:43:22 PM PDT by kanawa (Obama - "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.")
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To: mlocher
The article itself appeared on the March 14 version of the paper, yet the article has a March 4 date to it. Too bad the article was not posted prior to the earthquake, if in fact it really was written in early March.

A closer look and you will see it was March 4, 2010.

30 posted on 03/13/2011 10:49:45 PM PDT by Barnacle (Is treason a high crime or misdemeanor?)
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To: doug from upland

I recently watched a Wild Kingdom show called “Under the Octopus Volcano” about the octopuses that live around Stromboli, Italy sensing impending eruptions and heading for cover in advance.

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/mutual-of-omahas-wild-kingdom-life-under-the-volcano.html

I wonder if infrasound plays a big part in our pets detecting incoming quakes. Must be pretty noisy with rumbles that our ears can’t hear when the earth is gearing up for one.


31 posted on 03/13/2011 11:38:40 PM PDT by Nickname
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To: doug from upland

More pics of an oarfish.
http://diver.net/bbs/posts001/66097.shtml


32 posted on 03/13/2011 11:39:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It’s pretty.


33 posted on 03/13/2011 11:41:38 PM PDT by Nickname
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To: doug from upland

ping - most interesting.


34 posted on 03/14/2011 4:58:42 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: kanawa

Think of the pizzas that could decorate.


35 posted on 03/14/2011 5:03:55 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: doug from upland
If I see an oarfish up here on the Tennessee Mississippi border I will definitely take this into consideration.
36 posted on 03/14/2011 5:46:27 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: doug from upland

wow, talk about timing....

Now, back to news about the fishes massing and dying off coast of Mexico and California


37 posted on 03/14/2011 5:58:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; Amadeo

Juvinile fish often look quite different from adults.


38 posted on 03/14/2011 8:54:49 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: doug from upland
An earthquake was predicted by the appearance of these fish:

Magnitude 6.5 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

This earthquake occured on March 14, 2010. The news article was dated March 4, 2010 - as previously discussed.

All of the earthquakes (pre-shocks, aftershocks, and the 9.0) are shown as HONSHU, JAPAN, the same as this 2010 earthquake.

This magnitude of earthquake is similar to the World Series earthquake in San Francisco in October 1989. The teams were both Bay Area teams (Oakland and San Francisco), so there was serious discussion at that time that the World Series might have to be moved elsewhere.

Damage was that extensive.

39 posted on 03/18/2011 10:41:09 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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