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Can animals predict earthquakes?

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Hello and welcome to CoreFacts, where we're always short on time and big on science. I'm Dane Klima. Today's question is about animals and earthquakes.

Can animals predict earthquakes?

Changes in animal behavior can not be used to predict earthquakes. Even though there have been documented cases of unusual animal behavior prior to earthquakes, a reproducible connection between a specific behavior and the occurrence of an earthquake has not been made. Animals change their behavior for many reasons and given that an earthquake can shake millions of people, it is likely that a few of their pets will, by chance, be acting strangely before an earthquake.

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