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Using animal to predicting natural disaster

Updated on January 17, 2010

Using animal to predicting natural disaster

It have been noted for century that animal can predict natural disaster long before human have the chance to noticed, like hurricane, earthquake, and tsunami as if they have the sixth sense to pick up storm like hurricane and thunderstorm and natural disaster like earthquake. Scientist have theory that the animals may have been able to pick up on resulting vibrations or changing air pressure that surrounded them.

Take hurricane for example, I have heard report from Florida that animal have pick up hurricane that is headed toward them, when Hurricane Charley came within hours of the Caloosahatchee River, eight sharks tagged by biologists suddenly bolted out of the estuary to the safety of the open ocean. When Hurricane Jeanne approached Gainesville, butterflies in an experimental rain forest wedged themselves under rocks and disappeared into tree hollows and as the whole series of hurricanes churned through the state of Florida, birds appeared to delay their migration south, stacking up somewhere north of Florida until the route to their winter habitat was safe for them.

I got this information about animal predicting earthquake from various places that include book that I read in 1983 about the Tokyo earthquake that struck in that city in 1923 to the Whittier quake in 1987.I remember in this book that before that Tokyo earthquake that struck that city in 1923, there are report that animal that is acting strangely, like horses that in their stall have been trying to kick themselves out as if they wanted to escape to fled to safety to dog howling as if they were warning us about certain danger that is lying ahead. Later in that September day in 1923, that quake in Tokyo struck and its destroyed that city and caused those people in that city to be homeless. In 1987, some photographer in Whittier, California have noticed that the African Grey parrot in his cage have not only flapping his wing like crazy, but that parrot have been flapping, screaming and jumping about in the cage in a futile attempt to get out of that cage. That parrot must have predicted that quake before he does because thirty second later, that quake stuck in Whittier, California.

When South Asia have that tsunami on December 26, 2004, there are report in Sri Lanka that in their wildlife reserve that is home of hundred of wild elephants, monkeys, leopards, jackals and more, have been fleeing to higher ground just before that tsunami have stuck, causing one wildlife park hotel was totally destroyed, trees uprooted, automobiles strewn over long distances and people killed, but they have been noticed that is no dead animal in that area, not even one dead rabbit.

In conclusion, human can used animal to predict natural disaster and some human have been using them to predict disaster while other just ignore the warning sign from the animal. For example, in 1975, Chinese official must have taken seriously about animal behavior in the region around the city of Haicheng because they have order 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.


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      6 years ago

      I like turtles

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      8 years ago

      I am currently doing a project for school on this subject and it's a hard project to do because there hasn't been much research on it. I found out a few facts, but other than that it didn't help much considering how glad I was to find an article-thingie like this. But informal so it's good :)


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