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(Huffington Post)   Video demonstrates cats may sense earthquake before it happens. So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this   ( huffingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-07-12 12:42:13 PM  
How do they know?
 
2018-07-12 12:47:05 PM  
My cats do that 25 times a day.  I don't think I'm going to hide under a table every time they decide to be cats.
 
2018-07-12 12:50:00 PM  
30 second ad to watch cats run?  I can shake a bag of cat food at home for free.
 
2018-07-12 01:30:02 PM  
So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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2018-07-12 01:32:07 PM  
So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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2018-07-12 01:35:59 PM  
So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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2018-07-12 01:40:58 PM  
Confuse-A-Cat ~ Monty Python's Flying Circus
Youtube yzi3k7K0lFA
 
2018-07-12 01:41:29 PM  
The cats in boxes was a good slide show.
 
2018-07-12 01:43:05 PM  
What a waste of time.

TL, DW; The video in TFA just buffers. The GIF shows 3 cats trotting across the floor, moving about 1/5 the speed a cat can move when it's truly scared, while a bunch of other cats look up at a sound.

And their scientific basis for the cats detecting the earthquake first? They moved before you saw anything move on the video. Seriously, show me the seismograph and if the cats moved before that, then I''m impressed. Otherwise, they didn't detect anything that hadn't already started. Holy shiat, this is about as "amazing" as finding out that cats can smell and see better than humans.
 
2018-07-12 01:43:37 PM  
Cats have hypersonic hearing.  They can hear things that dogs can't.  Dogs have a better sense of smell than cats.
 
2018-07-12 01:45:11 PM  
Nah, they just had too much espresso.
 
2018-07-12 01:45:25 PM  
So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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2018-07-12 01:45:28 PM  
Well, if they're so smart, how come they weren't standing in doorways?
 
2018-07-12 01:45:38 PM  

BalugaJoe: How do they know?


They are well attuned to picking up small vibrations through their paw pads and hearing sounds caused by vermin that they hunt, so they probably pick up on microtremors and other vibrations and sounds of the impending earthquake that are outside the range of human hearing and touch.
 
2018-07-12 01:46:13 PM  
It's one of two things:

1) Cats run around randomly all the time. So the odds are good that somewhere, a cat is running right before a quake hits.

2) The pressure wave of an earthquake travels faster than the lateral motion. Like lightning and thunder, the farther away the epicenter the longer the time between the two. If you had video of me right before any medium-to-large quake you'd see me doing exactly what these cats are doing, because I'm seismophobic and bolt for a doorway when the pressure wave hits. (Yes, I know it's stupid. Phobias turn off your logical brain)
 
2018-07-12 01:47:19 PM  
Eh, they're closer to the ground than we are (ie, they're usually sitting or lying on it) and they don't wear shoes, so their feet/bodies are literally pressing on the ground much of the time. So I don't doubt that they can feel motions in the ground quicker than we can. Having said that, a 10-second-earlier-than-us warning is not a lot of time. If it was a minute sooner, that'd be useful. Maybe.
 
2018-07-12 01:48:08 PM  

BalugaJoe: How do they know?


They detect the non-destructive p-wave that arrives before the secondary (s-wave) wave which are the type that move things and cause buildings to collapse.
 
2018-07-12 01:49:43 PM  
Video worked fine for me. Neato. Animals definitely can feel this stuff before it happens. My cat would probably emulate the one in the middle that just chilled through the whole earthquake.
 
2018-07-12 01:50:52 PM  
They looked normal to me before the quake. What exactly was strange about their behaviour?
 
2018-07-12 01:51:17 PM  
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2018-07-12 01:51:35 PM  
So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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2018-07-12 01:52:37 PM  
And not one of them went to check to see if the humans were ok.
 
2018-07-12 01:55:03 PM  

Mad_Radhu: BalugaJoe: How do they know?

They are well attuned to picking up small vibrations through their paw pads and hearing sounds caused by vermin that they hunt, so they probably pick up on microtremors and other vibrations and sounds of the impending earthquake that are outside the range of human hearing and touch.


They're reacting to the P and S waves which precede the stronger but slower surface waves by a few seconds. This is the basis for the short-term earthquake-warning systems that are becoming operational.

If the quake is large enough or close enough, humans can feel/hear these waves directly.
 
2018-07-12 01:55:21 PM  
In the last earthquake we had in which I was at home here in SoCal, I was on my bed and my cat was lying on my chest.  She looked around the room when the shaking started, but she didn't even jump off of me.
 
2018-07-12 01:56:00 PM  
Huh? I see a couple cats running. And several cats just sitting watching the other cats running.
 
2018-07-12 01:56:22 PM  

Therion: So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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/I'm so sorry
 
2018-07-12 02:00:35 PM  
When we lived in northern Japan when I was a kid, our cat did the same thing.. After the 3rd time she freaked out and headed for the front door, and a tremor ensued shortly thereafter, we followed her out, and sure enough, a good quake hit, rattling the entire area.  I still remember seeing cars hopping up and down like they were lowriders, and telephone poles swaying like crazy.
 
2018-07-12 02:01:34 PM  
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2018-07-12 02:02:11 PM  
I used to live in an apartment with a tiny kitchen and a sensitive smoke detector that would go off at least once a month if I baked something in the oven.  My cat at the time would start yowling about a minute before the smoke detector would sound.  I like to think she would have saved our lives in an actual emergency.

/RIP Simba
 
2018-07-12 02:04:34 PM  

robodog: BalugaJoe: How do they know?

They detect the non-destructive p-wave that arrives before the secondary (s-wave) wave which are the type that move things and cause buildings to collapse.


Non-destructive P wave? Ever felt on of those? Popped me out of my chair and poop out of the bowels! POP! Oh crap earth ( S-waves ) qquuquuuuuaakkaakkkeee. They are fast and weird and sudden and confusing. Confuse-a-cat indeed.

/ Long time Californian, felt my first in the Napa Quake, us valley folk rarely feel them and I wasn't here for Loma Prieta.
 
2018-07-12 02:07:15 PM  

Myria: In the last earthquake we had in which I was at home here in SoCal, I was on my bed and my cat was lying on my chest.  She looked around the room when the shaking started, but she didn't even jump off of me.


My cat would just ride it out and fall asleep.  I've never known a cat that loves to be shaken and rolled so much.
 
2018-07-12 02:07:58 PM  
Looks like I'm safe for at least this week...

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2018-07-12 02:08:27 PM  
My cat did nothing by the way.

/ That I noticed, though I remember her coming out and giving me a wtf look.
 
2018-07-12 02:09:21 PM  
My little lardbutt cat can't move half that fast. I guess I'm farked.
 
2018-07-12 02:11:03 PM  
Uh....the tremors started right as the cats freaked out and then it just worse,
 
2018-07-12 02:12:55 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: They're reacting to the P and S waves which precede the stronger but slower surface waves by a few seconds. This is the basis for the short-term earthquake-warning systems that are becoming operational.

If the quake is large enough or close enough, humans can feel/hear these waves directly.


Japan has had these for years, and they seem to work reasonably well. There was one time I was eating at some restaurant in Osaka, and suddenly everyone's cell phones start going nuts. Mine included, as I had rented a SIM card. I look at it, and its an earthquake warning. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later, the building shakes a little.
 
2018-07-12 02:13:13 PM  
Maybe cat movement causes earthquakes?  It's all a mystery.
 
2018-07-12 02:13:55 PM  

Therion: So run for cover if your cat ever looks like this

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I don't think that cat is fixed.

Just sayin'.
 
2018-07-12 02:17:58 PM  
My cat would walk up and mew a warning to me if she was awake. She's learned that the big stupid upright cats like to communicate inefficiently by making noises at one another. Or continue sleeping if she was asleep. So it's about a 50% chance of either.
 
2018-07-12 02:19:57 PM  
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2018-07-12 02:20:40 PM  

trialpha: Japan has had these for years, and they seem to work reasonably well. There was one time I was eating at some restaurant in Osaka, and suddenly everyone's cell phones start going nuts. Mine included, as I had rented a SIM card. I look at it, and its an earthquake warning. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later, the building shakes a little.


I would think it funny that someone's job at their early warning system comes in and sits in a room with a cat all day.
When the cat freaks out they send out an earthquake warning.
 
2018-07-12 02:23:12 PM  

Mad_Radhu: BalugaJoe: How do they know?

They are well attuned to picking up small vibrations through their paw pads and hearing sounds caused by vermin that they hunt, so they probably pick up on microtremors and other vibrations and sounds of the impending earthquake that are outside the range of human hearing and touch.


Or they're witches.
 
2018-07-12 02:27:26 PM  

BalugaJoe: How do they know?


Cool cats are hip to everything, even things in Canada.
 
2018-07-12 02:29:02 PM  
Vibrating pussys?
Giggity
 
2018-07-12 02:29:24 PM  
During the east-coast earthquake a few years ago, the deaf cat sleeping on the water-bed didn't wake up.  The other cat, wasn't seen for hours afterwards.
 
2018-07-12 02:33:47 PM  

Sin'sHero: BalugaJoe: How do they know?

Cool cats are hip to everything, even things in Canada.


they felt the earthquake before it was cool-lapsing the building.
 
2018-07-12 02:42:14 PM  
 
2018-07-12 02:44:36 PM  
My cat can predict rain with almost 100% accuracy. Whenever I see her washing vigorously behind her ears I know we're in for a rainy day.
 
2018-07-12 02:51:51 PM  
Did they have little cat-jackets on with writing "I am a earthquake technician. If you see me running try to keep up" ?
 
2018-07-12 02:52:45 PM  
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What if your cat looks like this?
 
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