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Can Animals Predict an Earthquake?

It isn’t terribly uncommon for some animals to predict storms, but is it possible for them to predict, let’s say, an earthquake? Japanese Oarfish are rarely seen, but when they are, it’s when they wash up on shore just days before an earthquake, making researchers question if there’s a connection. From barking at the sky to abstaining from sex, Anthony explains what certain animals do when they’re ‘predicting’ a major storm or event, and why they do it.

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Can Oarfish Predict Earthquakes?

“Finding a giant oarfish washed up on the beach is a rare occurrence since the fish is a deepwater species that’s rarely seen at all.”

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“Several mammalian species spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth’s magnetic field (MF) lines in diverse behavioral contexts.”

How Well Do Dogs and Other Animals Hear?

“Reporting the frequency range for hearing in dogs and other species is not a straightforward task – the “how” of determining hearing frequency ranges must first be explained.”

Electromagnetic Signals “Can Predict Earthquakes”

“Strange electromagnetic signals were detected two months before a major earthquake hit Japan.”

Results of Ultra-Low-Frequency Magnetic Field Measurements During The Guam Earthquake of 8 August 1993

“We report the results of measurements of ultra-low-frequency magnetic noise during a large earthquake (Ms=7.1) at Guam of 8 August 1993 (depth ~60km).

Weather Forecasting by Insects: Modified Sexual Behaviour in Response to Atmospheric Pressure Changes

“Prevailing abiotic conditions may positively or negatively impact insects at both the individual and population levels.”

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“High above earth where seismic waves never reach, satellites may be able to detect earthquakes before they strike.”

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