Can animals forecast future earthquakes?

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Offline hornybeast

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Can animals forecast future earthquakes?
« on: 02/03/2012 17:37:37 »
It's not a new topic, but I want to how science is studying this field now and how the cutting-edge technologies are applied nowadays.

There is no doubt animals have unknown detecting sensory devices to the minor changes of environment, thus make early decisions to prevent casualties. Even glacier periods are only happening between long interval, but the defense genes would always activated again and start some mechanism to response if receive signals from the surrounding, something like a tree change the time it turn its leaves red not merely by early coming fall's dropped temperature, and some plants only bloom and fruit once in decades like bamboo.

We don't speak animals' languages, but we can rely on methods and theories.
For example, the data we gathered to deduce out possible causes make them change their migration routes different from past years' pattern. And receivers on whales can tell us how the activities are connected to the deep oceanís temperatures measured. We have light HD cameras on birds that can take pictures and give us real time video image sent to satellite then back on the ground to understand how layers of atmosphere affecting aerial birds thus may do forecasting for mariners of coming storms ahead formed in relatively short time.

I once read about satellite can detect to the level of net-weight water molecule amount of certain clouds in one area, maybe I misinterpreted it, but since satellite can take high resolution images, I believe they can also analyze movements of objects like bigger or a mass of animals with right software to give us some meaningful results.

Anyway, what comes to you mind about animals predicting earthquake and other disasters? What are those detecting ones that you may or may not believe? Ants, earthworms, cats and dogs, bats or others? Any good connection built so far to explain certain weird phenomenon? Or any local folklore passed down from granny in your village about some sign of disaster that was happened hundreds of years ago and may strike again so must be cautious about?

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Re: Can animals forecast future earthquakes?
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/2012 09:19:47 »
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.


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Re: Can animals forecast future earthquakes?
« Reply #2 on: 23/03/2012 23:04:54 »
what comes to you mind about animals predicting earthquake and other disasters?

Well, not "predicting" exactly, but sensing what takes time for us to realize.

Elephants at the Khao Lak Elephant Trekking Centre sensed the 2004 earthquake and incoming tsunami, became agitated, broke loose and ran inland ... and the tourists they were carrying and picked up along the way also survived.

Water buffalo grazing near the shore in Muang Kluang sensed the 2004 earthquake and incoming tsunami, stampeded inland to save themselves ... and the villagers (who unknowingly thought they were losing their buffalo and ran after them) also survived. (Found in the ~12th paragraph from the bottom starting with "Five lessons ...".)

"We know they [animals] have better sense of hearing; they have better sense of sounds; they have better sense of sight," says Bill Karesh with the Wildlife Conservation Society. "And they're more reactive to those signals than we tend to be."

And even though the animals aren't communicating directly with each other, they are taking cues from other animals' behavior.

"If they see birds flying away, or if they see other animals running, they're going to get nervous too," says Karesh.

When the tsunami struck in Khao Lak, more than 3,000 human beings lost their lives. But no one we can find involved with the care of animals can report the death of a single one.

Goson Sipasad is the manager of the Khao Lak National Park. He says all the animals went high in the hills and have not returned. He believes not one perished in or around the park.

"We have not found any dead animals along this part of the coast," he says.