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PostSubject: Can dogs sense earthquakes?   Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:31 pm

Its always on the news, its always happening if its a 1.0 or a 7.0 magnatude there is usually a earthquake once a day. So I started to wonder can dogs or other animals for that matter sense if an earthquake is about happen? Can they warn us or would we even listen to them if we did warn us in time? What if dogs or animals can sense earthquakes and what if a dog warned someone of the huge earthquake that hit Hati? Could someone of know what the dog meant and been able to warn everyone? So i decided to look into this and I found out that in 373 B.C., historians recorded that animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place. Accounts of similar animal anticipation of earthquakes have surfaced across the centuries since. Catfish moving violently, chickens that stop laying eggs and bees leaving their hive in a panic have been reported. Countless pet owners claimed to have witnessed their cats and dogs acting strangely before the ground shook—barking or whining for no apparent reason, or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness. Researchers around the world continue to pursue the idea, however. In September 2003 a medical doctor in Japan made headlines with a study that indicated erratic behavior in dogs, such as excessive barking or biting, could be used to forecast quakes.

I think the most intresting thing I read was that 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. You can read the rest of the story on the link below, be sure to also leave a comment on your thoughts.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1111_031111_earthquakeanimals.html -Page 1
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1111_031111_earthquakeanimals_2.html -Page 2
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PostSubject: Re: Can dogs sense earthquakes?   Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:37 pm

Very interesting information! Very well summarized too! I've seen documentaries on things like this and have absolute faith in it because I notice Junior acts restless when there is an earthquake near the vecinity here in So Cal.

Thanks for the links!


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PostSubject: Re: Can dogs sense earthquakes?   Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:53 pm

super interesting info! I think dogs are capable of sensing a lot of very interesting things!
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