The animals that sense disaster
Learn how their ability may be harnessed
LIFESTYLE Natural disasters
Natural disasters have the potential to cause huge devastation. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornadoes have been known to decimate communities and wipe out unthinkable numbers of human lives. The amount of destruction caused can be significantly reduced if communities have sufficient warning of an impending event, but effective early warning systems are lacking in many areas of the world.
In light of this, scientists are becomingly increasingly interested in the unique ability of animals to predict an impending natural disaster. Indeed, many species have been shown to change their behavior in the hours, days, and even weeks before an event.
Intrigued? Check out this gallery to learn how animals are able to predict disaster.