Can animals predict natural disasters?
It is believed that animals can hear certain sounds or detect certain changes prior to disasters and thus, perceive the upcoming danger.
Animals and Natural Disasters
The initial activities which lead to earthquakes, tsunamis, etc., create infrasounds which arrive faster than the main shockwave. These sounds are inaudible to humans. But animals like flamingos, elephants, rhinoceroses, etc. can hear them. Thus, they perceive the coming danger and probably escape.
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It is also said that the earth’s magnetic field slightly deflects before an earthquake. It is suspected that dogs detect this deflection and thus, predict the arriving disaster.
Some researchers also think that birds can foresee the approaching storm or tornado because they detect changes in atmospheric pressure, wind speeds, temperature, etc. Hence, they fly away to a safer place.
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