Toads ‘Could Be Used To Predict Earthquakes’

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Toads ‘could Be Used To Predict Earthquakes’, A scientific study has revealed that toads could be used to predict earthquakes. The research was carried out by experts after a colony of the creatures was seen abandoning a pond in L’Aquila, Italy, days before the area’s devastating earthquake in 2009. The scientists believed that they sensed chemical changes in the groundwater and knew that seismic activity was about to take place.

According to The Daily Telegraph, researchers Friedemann Freund and Rachel Grant hope that their discovery will inspire other scientists to carry out more research in order to improve the prediction of natural disasters.

Grant, who noted the change in activity in the toad colony while studying them for her PhD project, said: “It was very dramatic. It went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days.”

She was later contacted by Freund from space agency NASA, who had been investigating chemical changes in rocks.

He believed that the charged particles released from stressed rocks converted air molecules into charged particles that increased stress levels in animals.

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