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'Earthquake Sickness' Afflicts Hundreds in Japan

 'Earthquake Sickness' Afflicts Hundreds in Japan

Medical officials in Japan report that hundreds of people have been diagnosed with a strange condition known as 'earthquake sickness' following April's massive tremor.

Among the symptoms attributed to the ailment are pronounced dizziness, nausea, and an extreme fear that a subsequent earthquake is due to strike.

According to experts, more than 200 people residing in the area hit by the 7.3 magnitude quake in April are believed to be suffering from the condition.

They attribute the enduring nature of the ailment to aftershocks which continue to rattle the region have yet to allow denizens to return to a sense of normalcy.

Dubbed jishin-yoi, or 'earthquake drunk,' the sickness is largely believed to be a psychosomatic disorder caused by the stress and anxiety created by the quakes.

The psychological nature of the condition is likely of little relief to those afflicted with the illness that has plagued them for the last two months.

And that's not to mention the ridicule they must receive when calling in sick to work and telling their boss that they are 'earthquake drunk.'

Source: The Telegraph

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