doomsday fish theory Japanese earthquake: Sightings of a rare ‘doomsday fish’ have sparked speculation online after a massive earthquake hit Japan on New Year’s Day.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes across the country, and the death toll now stands at 48, as tsunami warnings were sounded across Japan after the powerful earthquake.
The country’s main island of Honshu was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that sent a one-meter-high tsunami to the west coast.
It is one of the biggest natural disasters in the country’s history and people now associate it with strange fish sightings in the summer.
The rare six-foot earthquake fish, officially called the Russell paddlefish, is seen by some as a sign of bad news to come.
Earlier this year, divers spotted an oarfish off the coast of Taiwan. Due to its size and shape, the paddlefish resembles “sea snakes” and is considered a harbinger of earthquakes and misfortune in Japanese mythology.
This legend was revived in 2011 after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Shortly before the disaster, at least 12 rarely-seen fish were spotted off the coast of Japan in late 2009 and 2010.
Now, people look at the return in summer as an omen.
There is no evidence of a link between fish and natural disasters, and Ecuador’s Institute of Geophysics said the myth has not been validated by any scientific study conducted as of August 2022.
However, that doesn’t stop people from looking at this legend and linking it to the recent earthquake.