Can animals sense earthquakes and other natural disasters? Scientists have yet to show conclusive evidence. Earthquakes are sudden, and seismologists have no way of knowing exactly when or where the next one will occur. Only with technology may we have the opportunity to learn more about the keen senses of our animal companions.
Sophie is a 3-year-old white Labrador retriever mix. She was born and raised in eastern Idaho and was adopted from the animal shelter when she was 3 months old. She has lived in Humboldt County, California, for almost two years with her people, Jessica and Brian, and her feline siblings. She's an exceptionally bright and loyal dog who would have made an excellent service animal or rescue dog given the proper training. We always knew she was smart - but we had no idea she could smell an earthquake coming. PHOTO: Jessica Richelderfer
20 Largest Quakes in Modern History
1960 - Chile - M 9.5 1964 - Prince William Sound, Alaska - M 9.2 2004 - Sumatra-Andaman Islands - M 9.1 1952 - Kamchatka - M 9.0 1868 - Arica, Peru (now Chile) - M 9.0 1700 - Cascadia Subduction Zone - M 9.0 1906 - Off Coast of Esmeraldas, Ecuador - M 8.8 1965 - Rat Islands, Alaska - M 8.7 1755 - Lisbon, Portugal - M 8.7 1730 - Valparasio, Chile - M 8.7 2005 - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia - M 8.6 1957 - Andreanof Islands, Alaska - M 8.6 1950 - Assam - Tibet - M 8.6 2007 - Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - M 8.5 1963 - Kuril Islands - M 8.5 1938 - Banda Sea, Indonesia - M 8.5 1923 - Kamchatka - M 8.5 1922 - Chile-Argentina Border - M 8.5 1896 - Sanriku, Japan - M 8.5 1687 - Lima, Peru - M 8.5
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Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?
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 an earthquake devastated the place. ...
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Earthquake kits for cats and dogs?
PHOTO: Telegraph.co.uk — Animal lovers living in earthquake-prone regions can now buy special kits to ensure the survival of their most cherished pets should the earth begin the tremble. In the case of an emergency, pet-owners can relax. The kit contains a padded jacket and rain hat, special boots to protect paws, and aromatherapy oil to soothe stressed out cats and dogs. Also included in the pack — which doubles as a carry case for smaller pets — is a waterproof ID capsule with the animal's details and a bell should they become lost in rubble. Food, water and bowls for feeding and a muzzle to prevent spooked pets from biting rescuers also feature. ...
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