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How Animals Predict Earthquakes

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Scientists believe animals may be able to sense when an earthquake is coming by sensing changes in ground water.

A researcher was studying toads in a lake in Italy when all of the toads suddenly evacuated the lake.

Days just before a major quake.

The researcher said:

"It was very dramatic. It went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days."

Animals that live in or near groundwater are very sensitive to any changes in its chemistry, so they might detect the changes in rocks before the "slip" and cause a quake.

When rocks are under impossibly high levels of stress, they release charged particles.

These particles can flow into surrounding rocks and eventually reach earths surface, converting air molecules into positive ions.

A doctor said:

"Positive airborne ions are known in the medical community to cause headaches and nausea in humans and to increase the level of serotonin, a stress hormone, in the blood of animals."

It's all very sciencey.

Scientists are trying to find a way to incorporate animal behavior into early warning systems.

Basically, if you see a hundred toads leave a pond all at once, you should go stand in a doorway, or get under a sturdy table or one of those other quake survival methods.

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Dead Doves Fall From The Sky In Italy

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Turtle doves fall from the sky in Italy

It's the end of the world as we know it…and we feel fine.

More dead bird news.

This time, thousands of turtle doves have fallen from the sky in Italy leaving the streets and trees covered in dead or dying birds.

Jinkies! There's a clue attached to these birds.

Most of the dead doves had some kind of a blue stain on their beaks.

This news is ALARMING to say the least and while it isn't cause for mass hysteria (yet), we're stocking up our emergency supplies in our fall out shelter anyway.

Just in case. Just for fun mostly.

Experts suggest that the blue stains found in mouths of the dead and dying birds in Italy could be the result of poisoning or possibly signs of hypoxia.

Both the local forest service and the WWF in Faenza have sent some of the dead birds for testing, but the results likely won't be available for at least a week.

We sincerely hope the testing reveals some kind of LOGICAL explanation for all these bird deaths.

Like aliens. Or something cool like that.

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