We would be wise to watch and listen to the animals. They sense so much more about approaching danger than we do. Indigenous tribes know this to be
true. We have become so smug and caught up in our man-made "systems" - that we have neglected the most obvious and natural ways to knowledge and
The Use of Animals in Earthquake Prediction
Research being carried out in China has indicated that recognition of unusual animal behavior in a systematic way can lead and be used, in conjunction
with other methods, as a means of predicting large and potentially destructive earthquakes. The following are examples of observed unusual animal
behavior before major earthquakes occurred.
Unusual Animal Behavior - In 1920, the largest earthquake to hit China with a magnitude of 8.5 occurred in Haiyuan County, Ninghxia Province.
According to reports of eyewitnesses, prior to this earthquake, wolves were seen running around in packs, dogs were barking unusually, and sparrows
were flying around wildly. It is reported that prior to the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in 1966 in Hsingtai County, Hopei Province, in Northern China,
all the dogs at a village near the epicenter had deserted their kennels and thus survived the disaster.
Prior to the earthquake of July 18, 1969, (magnitude 7.4) in the Pohai Sea, unusual behavior was observed in seagulls, sharks, and five different
species of fish. Based on observations of unusual behavior of giant pandas, deer, yaks, loaches, tigers and other animals, a warning was issued at the
Tientsin People's Park Zoo, two hours before the earthquake struck.
The Chinese began to study systematically the unusual animal behavior, and the Haicheng earthquake of February 1975 was predicted successfully as
early as in mid-December of 1974. The most unusual circumstance of animal behavior was that of snakes that came out of hibernation and froze on the
surface of the earth. Also a group of rats appeared. These events were succeeded by a swarm of earthquakes at the end of December 1974. During the
following month, in January 1975, thousands of reports of unusual animal behavior were received from the general area. Local people saw hibernating
snakes coming out from their holes and into the snow. In the first three days in February the activity intensified even more and unusual behavior of
the larger animals such as cows, horses, dogs and pigs was reported. On February 4, 1975, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck the Haicheng County,
More instances of unusual animal behavior were reported. A stock breeder in northern China, feeding his animals before dawn on July 28, 1976, in the
area of the Kaokechuang People's Commune, approximately 40 kilometers away from the city of Tangshan, reported that his horses and mules instead of
eating were jumping and kicking until they finally broke loose and ran outside. A few seconds later, a dazzling white flash illuminated the sky.
Tremendous rumbling noises were heard as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Tangshan area.
Other reports of unusual animal behavior prior to the occurrence of earthquakes have been reported in the literature and in books. Such unusual animal
behavior included goats refusing to go into pens; cats and dogs picking up their offspring and carrying them outdoors; pigs squealing strangely;
chickens dashing out of the coops in the middle of the night; fish dashing about aimlessly; and birds leaving their nests. It has also been reported
that zoo animals refused to go back into their shelters at night; snakes, lizards and other small mammals evacuated their underground nests; insects
congregated in huge swarms near the seashores; cattle sought higher ground; domestic animals became agitated; and wild birds left their usual