Sunday, January 28, 2007

Snakes Used To Predict Earthquakes

Scientists in China say they can predict earthquakes - by observing behaviour in snakes.

Officials at the earthquake bureau in Nanning, in southern Guangxi province, monitor snake farms via 24-hour internet video links.

Researchers claim the snakes can sense a quake from 75 miles away, up to five days before it happens.

Jiang Weisong, director of the earthquake bureau in Nanning claims: "Of all the creatures on the Earth, snakes are perhaps the most sensitive to earthquakes.

"When an earthquake is about to occur, snakes will move out of their nests, even in the cold of winter. If the earthquake is a big one, the snakes will even smash into walls while trying to escape," he told China Daily newspaper."

He added: "By installing cameras over the snake nests, we have improved our ability to forecast earthquakes. The system could be extended to other parts of the country to make our earthquake forecasts more precise."

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