There have been many stories about dogs and other animals behaving oddly before an earthquake, owners assuming their pets can predict an earthquake. But scientists say that’s not the case.
There have been numerous stories, like this one, and videos, like this, about dogs’ curious behavior before an earthquake happens. So, are pets able to sense and can dogs predict earthquakes before they happen? For centuries many pet owners claimed to have witnessed their dogs’ ability to know when an earthquake happens. A recent study, however, stated that there’s no real evidence dogs, or other animals for that matter can predict earthquakes, or any reason they would have that ability.
“Many review papers on the potential of animals as earthquake precursors exist, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a statistical approach was used to evaluate the data.”
In this new study, experts at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences looked into records of anecdotal evidence and testimonies. They studied the data in an attempt to get into the heart of the matter, only find that many of these claims have no scientific basis. Their findings were published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
Looking For Scientific Clues
Study author Heiko Woith said in the press release that they went over previous review papers on animal behaviors and earthquakes. They learned that most of these studies had no statistical approach. In fact, their research was the first to have conducted such an approach by combining all the details from the papers in the hopes of extracting quantitative data.
Woith and his team covered 180 studies that had 729 reports of farm animals, dogs and other pets that supposedly manifested weird behaviors in…