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CNN) -- Aftershocks rattled southern Taiwan in the hours after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the island, but left it relatively unscathed.

Thursday morning's quake was followed by more than 15 aftershocks, the largest reaching 4.8.

Taiwan's interior ministry reported 12 minor injuries -- nine in Kaohsiung county, two in Jia Yi county and one in Tainan county.

The quake struck about 8:20 a.m. (7:20 p.m. Wednesday ET) in a mountainous region about 25 miles northwest of Taitung, on the southeast coast, and 40 miles east of Tainan and Kaohsiung on the southwest coast.

The region includes Taiwan's Maolin National Scenic Area and is still recovering from a direct hit by Typhoon Morakot that killed hundreds in August. The typhoon dumped more than two feet of rain, causing serious mudslides in the south, including one that buried the village of Shiao Lin under 50 feet of mud.

Shuo Hong, an orthopedic surgeon in Taipei, about 155 miles away from the epicenter, felt the earthquake during a meeting at a hospital. "We were debating whether or not to run for shelter, but the hospital is safe," he said "It is built to resist a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

"It was shaking for about 20 to 30 seconds, shaking more than what we expected," Hong said.

The Taiwan Ministry of Interior and the National Fire Agency said electricity was cut off in parts of Kaohsiung county, Jia Yi city and Jia Yi county. Taiwan's official news agency reported that a fire broke out in Jia Yi city.

Residents in southern Taiwan reported cracks in some buildings and major bridges. Train service was also disrupted in some areas, Taiwanese media reported.

Two small hotels near the epicenter that were contacted by CNN reported no damage, though the buildings shook for a few seconds during the quake.

Albert Yu, communications manager of the humanitarian organization World Vision, told CNN he was about half-way through a 90-minute trip via high-speed train from Taipei to Tainan when the quake struck. Passengers did not feel the quake, he said, but operators stopped the train and announced what had happened before inspecting the tracks for stability.

During the delay, Yu said people were calm, "opening laptops ... and chatting with people around them."

Yu said World Vision "has already been on high alert responding to the quakes in Haiti and Chile, so we're closely monitoring reports in the earthquake in southern Taiwan."

Residents in Taipei, the capital, also felt the shaking.

Earthquakes are far from uncommon on the nearly 14,000-square-mile island -- about the size of the U.S. states of Maryland and Delaware combined -- which sits across the juncture of the Eurasian and Philippine tectonic plates.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the same general region in December. The island took a double hit on December 26, 2006, when earthquakes of 7.1 and 6.9 magnitude hit eight minutes apart.

The largest recorded quake to strike Taiwan was an 8.0-magnitude quake in 1920, but the worst earthquake disaster stemmed from a 7.1-magnitude quake in 1935 that killed more than 3,200 people -- followed by a 6.5-magnitude quake that killed more than 2,700 people three months later.

More recently, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,400 people in 1999.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/04/taiwan.earthquake/index.html?hpt=T2

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An Omen for Japan regions(1):
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i will said a well know Ancient Traditional Japanese Quake Precursor :scared
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7:00AM GMT 04 Mar 2010 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.

In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast.

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.

"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.


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OH MY!!!!!

Can you imagine swimming the ocean and one of those suckers rises up near you? :awe

I'd be dead in two seconds! :scared :roflmao

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recall - check this out! Maybe connected to the rogue wave or another precursor?

Hat tip to Full Circle at GLP!

Mystery Kirkcaldy fish identifiedPremium Article !
04 March 2010
By Tanya Scoon
News Desk

A STRANGE fish found washed up on Kirkcaldy beach last week has been identified as a Ray's Breem, and not a pirhana as some people had feared.

Since the mystery was exposed in The Press last week, dozens of interested readers have called in to tell us that it was a Ray's bream, with pensioner Dennis Nedey (65), who discovered it on the sands also receiving many calls.

Mr Nedey, of Winifred Crescent, said: "The response has been amazing and I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to contact myself and The Press with their views."

The large silver grey fish are not normally found in the Forth, but over the last few weeks dozens have been washed up on shores along the north east coast of England and the east coast of Scotland.

They are more normally found in deeper waters from the Mediterranean up to Scandinavia, so have come well of course to end up in the estuary.

Staff from Deep Sea World were called in when one of the fish was washed up on the beach at North Queensferry recently and the discovery sparked fears that it could be a pirhana.

Ray's bream can measure up to a metre long and are normally found in water up to a kilometre deep.

Workers at the aquarium believe the creatures may have followed their prey inshore. :hmm

Deep Sea World's Michael Morris said: "In the last few weeks a number of Ray's bream have been spotted in the Firth of Forth and there has also been another specimen washed up at Torness.

"We've had reports of many more washing up along the north east coast of England and in other parts of Scotland.

"They're fascinating looking fish and have been compared in appearance to piranhas because of their rows of razor-sharp teeth.:shock:

''However they pose no threat whatsoever and are not a danger."

The fish, which can weigh more than five kilograms, are also known as Atlantic pomfret.

Mr Morris added: "They're actually found from the Mediterranean up to Scandinavia although do not usually travel close to shore. Periodically they wash up in large numbers on our coastline.

"No one is entirely sure why but they do appear to migrate in small shoals in response to changes in sea temperature.

''It may be that they come inshore while following large shoals of smaller fish or other prey."

http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/Mystery-Kirkcaldy-fish-identified.6123314.jp

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Post Re: Aftershocks ripple through Taiwan
More Quakes on Japan and Europe...along the Rogue Waves on the oceans...
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Yet another deep sea fish you didn´t want to meet...

Add to this mix:
Two Suns in the Sunset...

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to get the "Panorama!"

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