Friday, December 31, 2004

Animals and earthquakes

My much-better-half remarked how silly the cable-news has been this week, focusing on this amazing, (seemingly) heretofor unheard of ability of animals to sense earthquakes.

I remember watching movies as a kid, where the dogs and horses used to get all excited moments before the earthquake hit. Google has more than a few that document this phenononom.

Hot Abercrombie Chick provides some sensible science to the earthquake issue, but there is also a common belief held by residents in Pennsylvania (and probably elsewhere) regarding tornado watches: if your dog suddenly heads for cover under a bed or the like, there's a good chance you only have a few minutes before the twister touches down.

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