Dogs being used to predict earthquakes in Chinese city
Officials in Chinese city have ditched technology and are trying to pioneer the use of dogs to forecast potential earth quakes after a devastating earthquake killed over 200 people.
In the Chinese eastern city of Nanchang officials are trying to use dogs to forecast any potential earthquake that will happen. Ducks and chickens are also being used to help warn humans before an earthquake occurs. The officials believe that animals will act abnormally for up to 10 days before the incident.
Local officials only released details of their plan after the numerous “false alarms” that happened across the city from dogs barking at the wrong times.
Already the news has travelled quickly on Chinese social media with one user stating that "The compound of the Nanchang earthquake authority has I don't know how many dogs, every night at 11:00pm they start barking over and over,” He has politely suggested that they muzzle the dogs to prevent the noise,.
China is positioned in a unique postion in the world and is one of the most seismic countries in the world with earth quakes happening all the time. After a major earthquake that registered 7.5 on the richter scale, authorities measured the reactions of animals in the area, mainly housepets to try and see any unusual differences.
In 2011 though a report by the (ICEF) published findings that there was no link between animals and earthquakes.
"There is no credible scientific evidence that animals display behaviors indicative of earthquake-related environmental disturbances that are unobservable by the physical and chemical sensor systems available to earthquake scientists,"
Officials in Nanchang have not been put off though and they are continuing their studies.