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How do toads predict earthquakes?
« on: 11/07/2016 13:42:23 »
The toads that "predict" the earthquakes, are they hearing the noises from the rocks? Another episode mentioned that they were researching the sounds the earth makes before a volcano erupts. I'm thinking the earth must make sounds before a quake as well. Frogs and toads have amazing hearing right? Maybe they are hearing the movements in the rocks before a quake hits?
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How do toads predict earthquakes?
« Reply #1 on: 07/05/2010 01:21:39 »
Seismic Waves are inaudible sounds carried through the earths crust.
The pads on an elephants feet are sensitive to these waves. Toads probably have similar ability. Insects and cats also can predict danger and they also have pads on their feet that suggest they feel seismic waves.
Some people are very sensitive to seismic waves also.
I've heard of modern native groups fleeing prior to tsunami striking, whether they saw the animals react and followed or whether they had the ability themselves is up to discussion.
Also I would imagine that whether you are located in a concrete jungle or natural landscape would also influence your ability to anticipate an earthquake.

 

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« Reply #2 on: 08/05/2010 00:22:18 »
Very interesting! I guess by "hear" I meant "feel" I wonder how hard it would be to pick these waves up in order to predict (at least to some degree) when a quake is on its way? I would think they are working on that some were?

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How do toads predict earthquakes?
« Reply #3 on: 08/05/2010 01:41:23 »
Very interesting! I guess by "hear" I meant "feel" I wonder how hard it would be to pick these waves up in order to predict (at least to some degree) when a quake is on its way? I would think they are working on that some were?

Thanks very much for the reply

I would not get too exited about that. Seismologists have very sensitive equipment for measuring any disturbances of this nature. If there are any detectable precursors to earthquakes, I think they will be aware of them.
 

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