Does the city Yoro in Honduras receive rain of fish every year?

News Claim: A message claimed by many on social media that a city Yoro in Honduras, receive Rain of fish every year.

Viral message on WhatsApp today & other Social Media claims:

Rain of fish” event in Yoro, #Honduras.

I think he is trying to catch fish Tropical fish which falls from the sky... Maybe he is from Honduras. Residents of Yoro in Honduras experience Fish rain at least once or twice a year. Grinning faceGrinning faceGrinning face

Whether miraculous or not, there is something going on in Yoro, Honduras. Annually now for more than 100 years, it has been raining fish.  It is something known locally as Lluvia de Pieces. In English, the Lluvia de Peces means “Rain of Fish.”



News Verification: The information shared on social media is not true. Going back to the first claim, the photo shared above is from #China and not Honduras. The door of a truck carrying 6,800 kgs of #catfish was accidentally opened on a street in Kaili, Guizhou province in China in 2015.

As per the Firstpost article, published on March 20, 2015, People pick up catfish which have fallen from a truck on a street in Kaili, Guizhou province on 18 March. The door of a truck carrying 6800 kgs (14,991 lbs) of catfish was opened by accident as it travelled along a street in Kaili on Wednesday. REUTERS


Another article from the time, claimed the same information, “When the door of a delivery truck in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou swung open, 15,000 lb. (6,800 kg) of catfish came spilling out, covering the road in a flopping, scaly mess.”


Therefore it is true that Yoro, Honduras receives fish rain every year, however, the image viral in social media is not true.

Do Fish Rain from Sky

Yes. it is a rare phenomenon, however, there are numerous instances of fish falling down from the skies. As per the Times of India article, Residents of Yoro in Honduras experience this at least once or twice a year. What’s more interesting is the fact that Yoro is actually miles away from the ocean. 

As per jagranjosh, Many scientists have done a lot of research on this, according to which it is discovered that such incidents occurred due to waterspout or tornado. When a tornado crosses the sea or ocean, then it gets converted into a severe storm of water. Fishes present on the surface of the water, or fish near the sea, even frogs, turtles, and crabs are drawn with the wind itself above the sky.


News verdict: We did not find any verifiable link for fish rain from Honduras, to confirm the fish rain.

Article Sources +

Fish! Chinese city's streets filled with hundreds of catfish after accident

This Road in China Got Covered in Almost 15,000 Lb. of Live Catfish

This small town experiences ‘Rain of Fish’ once or twice a year

Do you know the reason behind the fish rain?

About The Author

Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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