With the recent uptick in strong quakes over the last few days, it’s normal to ask ourselves when and where the next big one is going to happen.
And some natural signs may give us some hints: two oarfish were found dead in Mexico and Washington State and a powerful iridescent cloud was observed over Taiwan.
There is no proven way to predict an earthquake. But nature warns sometimes when a big earthquake is coming. There are some signs in the sky and underwater. We just have to pay attention to them when they happen around the world.
A featured by many recent sky phenomena, our atmosphere is full of electricity. For example, a red sprite burst was photographed over a thunderstorm in eastern Europe on June 23rd:
Moreover Washington and Oregon recorded hundred of thousands of lightnings overnight beginning of the month:
Analysing the data of the latest 3 days of violent seismic unrest with a M5.9 earthquake in Turkey (making at least 20 injuries) yesterday, a M6.6 off Japan and M6.2 off Northern Mariana Islands, we may expect more aftershocks in those regions.
New signs in the sky and underwater
A rare oarfish was discovered on June 7 in Puget Sound, Washington State, USA.
As already written yesterday, this region is overdue for the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami:
The fish measured 53 inches and is only the fifth that has been recorded as washing up on the shore between British Columbia and Washington.
“The species does eat close to shore. That’s where a lot of their food is, like krill, shrimp, and small squid. They’re solitary and few and far between. It’s just chance if you come across one.”
This week again, another oarfish was captured off Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The fish measured 6 meters long.
Because of its bizarre, elongated appearance, it has been associated with sea serpents in some cultures. Japanese legend has it that their appearance is a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, postulating that the oarfish is a messenger sent from the palace of the sea god regarding impending disaster.
The oarfish typically lives at depths of 200 to 1,000 meters and scientists think that it is actually storms or strong currents, rather than an impending seismic disaster, that can push injured fish into shallow waters where they often die.
Meanwhile in Taiwan, an amazing rainbow cloud was observed over Yilan County on June 14th.
Some netizens connected the optical phenomenon with the earthquake that rocked northeastern Taiwan early Sunday morning. However, the director of the Central Weather Bureau in Hsinchu, Tang Shuen-Ran (湯舜然), said the forming of fire rainbows have nothing to do with earthquakes. Of course!
That said, I would watch for me, my family and friends if I was living in those regions. Here a summary of some areas around the world that may be seismically very active in the next few days:
Meanwhile, watch this informative and spectacular documentary ever done on Cascadia here (click on the image below).