Loch Ness Monster Mystery Explained by Seismic Activity: Reports

July 3, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Loch Ness monster mystery could be the result of an active fault line underlying the Loch Ness in Scotland, a researcher said this week.

Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi said that the Great Glen fault system was the cause of sightings of the legendary monster, according to LiveScience.

“There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault,” Piccardi was quoted by the website as saying.

He said that Loch Ness monster, or Nessie, sightings were accompanied by seismic activity.

“If we consider the terms used by Adamnan, the beast appears and disappears with great shakes. I think it’s an obvious description of what really happened… We know that this was a period [1920-1930, a period characterized by many reported sightings of Nessie] with increased activity of the fault, in reality people have seen the effects of the earthquakes on the water,” Piccardi said, according to The Inquisitr.

The fault has seen several earthquakes over the past several centuries, according to the Daily Mail.

But some geologists have told the Mail that monster sightings have not coincided with the bevy of Loch Ness monster sightings in the 1930s.

They also said that earthquakes in Scotland are too weak to cause bubbles in the Loch Ness.