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China using animals to predict earthquakes: report

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Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported.

 

The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week.

Breeders on the farms are asked to update the bureau about the behaviour of the animals twice a day, the report said.

Possible abnormal behaviour which could indicate imminent earthquakes includes chickens flying atop trees, fish leaping out of water or toads moving in a group, it added.

Nanjing plans to recruit seven more farms into the scheme this year, it said. Facilities need to house more than three species to be eligible.

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http://phys.org/news/2015-07-china-animals-earthquakes.html

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