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(Phys Org2)   Do animals really have that 'incoming disaster ESP?' "The closer the animals were to the epicenter of the impending (earthquake), the earlier they changed their behavior"   (phys.org) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-07-03 4:27:03 PM  
I remember listening to an interview about animals predicting earthquakes. I think it was on an episode of Freakonomics. Researchers asked people to call if their pets were behaving funny. They got a lot of calls after events by owners who decided some pet behavior they wouldn't have thought twice about otherwise was really an omen.
 
2020-07-03 5:29:07 PM  

ZAZ: I remember listening to an interview about animals predicting earthquakes. I think it was on an episode of Freakonomics. Researchers asked people to call if their pets were behaving funny. They got a lot of calls after events by owners who decided some pet behavior they wouldn't have thought twice about otherwise was really an omen.


My cat alerted me to an earthquake. She was napping in my lap and suddenly jerked bolt upright with her head turned in a specific direction. She shot out the cat door. I got out the door and onto the lawn when the first shock hit. Farking awesome experience to witness the ground and house shake and shimmy. No structural damage.
 
2020-07-03 5:32:16 PM  
Low Hz frequencies freak animals out. People too. They are used for tense moments in some movies.
 
2020-07-03 5:37:50 PM  
Ok, I read the article.  And I'm dumber than I was before.  Did they not collaborate with anyone else?

There have already been studies done with 3-8hz noise disturbing animals and causing odd behavior.  0.2 to 20 Hz is a decent range for earthquakes, and the pre/post stuff can absolutely cause unrest.

But they think it's the smell of gasses or quartz? Oh ... ok.
 
2020-07-03 5:54:39 PM  
"What's that? Ooh that sounds like it's going to be big. Quick, human, lets go lets go...why are you just sitting there? This is an emergency! Oh, that feels good, you're pretty relaxed, I guess it must not be as bad as I think, mmm your lap is pretty comfy. Zzzzz"

*RUMBLE*
*human scuttles under a door like a crab*

"ARGH I TOLD YOU, I TOLD YOU THIS WAS COMING"
 
2020-07-03 6:22:33 PM  
Nope
In the East Bay - Loma Preieta (sp) - 2 macaws, 5 cats and dog did not feel it
Last week Lone Pine 40 miles south of us - 2 cats and dog nothing - 40 miles north in Mammoth people said their animals went crazy....

Guess it depends on where you are
 
2020-07-03 8:41:38 PM  

MarkMartinFan: Nope
In the East Bay - Loma Preieta (sp) - 2 macaws, 5 cats and dog did not feel it
Last week Lone Pine 40 miles south of us - 2 cats and dog nothing - 40 miles north in Mammoth people said their animals went crazy....

Guess it depends on where you are


Solid rock transmits a lot better than water.  I wonder if the sub-surface map would explain it, or ruin the proposed explanation.
 
2020-07-04 4:56:24 AM  
Not ESP.  They probably feel some kind of vibrations the precede an earthquake.
 
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