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    Mass Beaching of Whales Triggers 'Unscientific' Earthquake Fears in Japan

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    The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has triggered fear of a repeat devastating earthquake.

    The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has triggered fear of a repeat devastating earthquake that killed 19,000 people in 2011 in Japan.

    Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking the two events, a burst of online commentators have pointed to the appearance of around 50 melon-headed whales on Japan's beaches six days before the monster quake, which released a towering tsunami and triggered a nuclear disaster.

    To add to the fear, it was noted that more than 100 pilot whales died in a mass beaching on a remote New Zealand beach on February 20, 2011, two days before a large quake hit the country's second-largest city Christchurch.

    Japanese officials have however tried to calm fears, and have insisted there is no scientific data to prove the link.

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