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Toad Behavior May Help Predict Earthquakes | Care2 Causes

Toad Behavior May Help Predict Earthquakes | Care2 Causes

A new study suggests that toads, due to changes in their watery habitats, may be able to detect pre-seismic clues to impending earthquakes. This comes after scientists observed a mass exodus of toads from one breeding ground just prior to the earthquake that struck the city of L’Aquila in Italy on 6 April 2009. By serendipity Dr Rachel Grant of the UK’s Open University was in Italy at the time monitoring a toad population at San Ruffino Lake, around 74km from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake’s epicenter. During her observations Grant noted that five days prior to the earthquake the number of male common toads in the breeding colony fell dramatically, while three days prior to the earthquake most breeding pairs and males fled the site. Grant speculated that the toads were leaving their aquatic habitats to find safer ground based on some kind of pre-seismic clues. But this left ...

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