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Sounds trouble like
Scientists are coming round to the idea that animals can predict natural disaster, writes Matt Kaplan.
On THE morning of December 26, 2004, villagers from Bang Koey in Thailand noticed something strange. Buffalo grazing on the beach lifted their heads, pricked their ears and looked out to sea, then stampeded to the top of a nearby hill. For the baffled villagers who chose to follow them, it was a live-saving move. Minutes later, the tsunami struck.
Since then, there have been hundreds of reports of animals seemingly foretelling catastrophe - not just minutes, but sometimes hours and even days before it occurred. These include tales of bizarre behaviour by wild beasts including elephants, antelopes, bats, rats and flamingos, plus stories of dogs refusing to go for their usual morning walk.
Originally posted by apex
Never heard of the use of snakes by the Chinese though.
realised it would reduce high-frequency sounds more than low-frequency ones.
What's more, dogs with smaller heads were almost twice as likely to behave strangely before the earthquake than those with larger heads.
This was particularly interesting, given that dogs with smaller heads tend to be more sensitive to high frequencies.
There have also been examples where authorities have forecast successfully a major earthquake, based in part on the observation of the strange antics of animals. For example, in 1975 Chinese officials ordered the evacuation of Haicheng, a city with one million people, just days before a 7.3-magnitude quake. Only a small portion of the population was hurt or killed. If the city had not been evacuated, it is estimated that the number of fatalities and injuries could have exceeded 150,000.
It was later discovered, though, that a rare series of small tremors, called foreshocks, occurred before the large quake hit the city.