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Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?

Updated on February 13, 2020
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Seçkin Esen is working as an English language teacher in Turkey. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in ELT from Hacettepe University in 2010.

Animals and Earthquakes

Whether or not animals can predict earthquakes has been widely debated for hundreds of years. In fact, as far back as 373 B.C. villagers reported that hundreds of animals deserted the Greek town of Helice a few days before an earthquake destroyed it.

There are other interesting phenomena that scientists have noted. For example, before an earthquake, dogs may begin barking or howling for no reason; chickens might stop laying eggs; bees may leave their hive in a panic and some pets may go into hiding.

Snakes and fishes are common animals in reports which deal with strange animal behavior before an earthquake. Both animals have particular sense organs: snakes can perceive vibrations and infrared radiation, and fishes perceive electric fields. These senses may help them detect changes in the environment before an earthquake strikes, like variations in the local electromagnetic field.

In Asia 2004, many animals that were accustomed to being on the beach in the early morning refused to go there the morning of the big tsunami. In Thailand, a herd of buffalo on a beach noticed or heard something which made them run to the top of a hill before the tsunami was anywhere in sight. The villagers who followed them were saved.

What causes animals to sense an earthquake?

· One theory is that they can sense the earth move before people can. There are vibrations deep in the earth that begin before an earthquake can be detected.

· Another idea is that electrical changes in the air and gas released from the earth disturb animals.

Some scientists dismiss these ideas, while others believe that they are worth researching further. Those scientists who have witnessed this strange animal behavior are certain that animals are far more sensitive to subtle changes in the earth than people are and that studying their behavior can be useful in the prediction of earthquakes. Much research still needs to be done on this subject.

© 2013 Seckin Esen

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    • Seckin Esen profile imageAUTHOR

      Seckin Esen 

      6 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thanks for your comment Bk42author.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great hub! When I lived in California and experienced a few earthquakes my cat always zipped around the apartment and ran around as if she chasing something the night before it would happen.

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      Seckin Esen 

      6 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you for informing us about the new research Rock_nj.

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      John Coviello 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Newer research indicates that there are electromagnetic discharges from the Earth before an earthquake occurs, probably due to the stress below the ground. Animals are likely reacting to these in the Earth changes that humans don't notice, as they may be more sensitive to them.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you so much b. Malin. I appreciate your nice sentiments about my hub. I am so happy to be a part of Hub Pages and will be following your hubs too.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      A very Interesting and most Informative Hub Seckin. Who knew that Snakes can sense Earthquakes? Sad that the people who followed the Herd of Buffalo in Thailand were the only ones saved from the "Tsunami".

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs. A warm welcome to Hub Pages, we are like a "Family" of writers here.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Hi LauraD093. Thank you very much for your nice input. I am glad that you enjoyed my hub.

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      Laura Tykarski 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I am a believer ...really enjoyed this hub. I also had an ex-boyfriend with brittle diabetes and his Malamute knew (through scent) whenever his sugar levels dropped.I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you so much for your nice comment wqaindia.

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      Ashok Goyal 

      7 years ago from 448 Dalima Vihar Rajpura 140401 Punjab India

      Nice Reading. I wonder as to why I could not encounter such an interesting and useful Hub.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Hi MargaritaEden. I am glad that you found my hub interesting and useful. Thank you so much for your comment.

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      MargaritaEden 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      Very interesting Hub, I think I need to get a pet, we have a prediction of a big earthquake. I have heard this before from people you have experienced earthquakes, so true. Great hub, voted up interesting and useful!

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you very much for your nice input Miller2232.

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      Sinclair Miller III 

      7 years ago from Florida

      This is good material, going to recommend that others read this Hub of yours.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you so much for your nice comment Express10.

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      H C Palting 

      7 years ago from East Coast

      I believe that some animals can understand impending danger through various means, for some animals it may be through hearing, smell, or through sense organs as you have stated here. Elephants are believed to "hear" vibrations through their feet and this is perhaps why one little girl in Phuket was saved during the tsunami while riding one that took off from the beach to higher ground. Very interesting hub.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you very much for your comment Vanderleelie. Your experience is very interesting and valuable as it shows some animals can sense earthquakes before they happen.

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      Vanderleelie 

      7 years ago

      I believe that frogs can be used to predict earthquakes. When living in Mendoza, Argentina near the Andes Mountains we experienced strong tremors associated with a large earthquake in Chile. The natives alerted us to the fact that on the night it happened, our terrace was covered with frogs who had vacated a nearby canal. This is an interesting phenomenon, one that could lead to valuable research that might help save lives by giving prior warning.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Hi joanveronica, thank you so much for your valuable comment. I am really glad that you shared your past experience with us as an expert on earthquakes.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      7 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi again, a typo correction I meant NO electriciy or gas! Voted up and interesting!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      7 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there, I found this topic really interesting, as I'm somewhat of an expert on earthquakes (4 major ones in Chile during my life span). In 1960, which was early in the morning (6.00 am) I have no idea what our dog was doing, but during the very strong aftershocks, he was a great help.Minutes before a shake, he would stand up, run across the room and try and hide under yet another chair! As we were using candles and an open fire (eictricity or gas) this was a big help to avoid the house catching fire. He was a huge animal, it was really funny to see him try and wedge under a small chair, but a big help to us!

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you for the comment and for informing us more about the subject Samith.

    • Seckin Esen profile imageAUTHOR

      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you so much for your input Kris.

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      Samith Jhon 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      The belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries.

      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.But precisely what animals sense, if they feel anything at all, is a mystery. One theory is that wild and domestic creatures feel the Earth vibrate before humans.

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      Kris Heeter 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      This is a very interesting question. It wouldn't surprise me if they could especially since many animals can sense thunderstorms long before humans. I couldn't definitely see how fish might be able to sense one before it happens. Thanks for the thought provoking hub!

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