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UFOs and earthquakes

The Story

When the earth shakes, peculiar things can happen to your mind, says Prof. Michael Persinger in this CBC Radio interview. Immediately before an earthquake, incidents of strange phenomena are often reported. Some people claim to see luminous ghosts and darting UFOs while others describe paralysis and intense feelings of foreboding. But, Persinger dismisses claims of the supernatural. He explains that electrical field currents generated by the pressure under the shifting earth can cause our bodies and minds to respond in surprising ways. 

Medium: Radio
Program: As it Happens
Broadcast Date: June 4, 1975
Guest: Michael Persinger
Interviewer: Barbara Frum
Announcer: Alan Maitland
Duration: 7:42

Did You know?

• According to Japanese folklore, a giant catfish who lived beneath the earth would cause earthquakes by shaking about rapidly. The god Kashima placed a magic rock over the catfish to keep the catfish still. But from time to time the catfish would slip out from under the rock to wreak havoc.
• Chinese mythology held that the world rested on the back of a massive frog who twitched and shuddered from time to time, causing earthquakes.

• In ancient Hindu folklore eight strong elephants were believed to carry the world on their backs. When one of the animals grew tired it would lower and jostle its head and the earth would begin to shake.
• In North American mythology an Indian god named El Diablo tore up the earth when surfacing to the earth.



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