Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 22, Issue 1, 2016; Page No.(235-243)

EARTHQUAKE PREDICTION BY ANIMALS: A REVIEW OF SEISMIC ANOMALOUS ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR (SAAB)

Manjishtha Bhattacharyya

Abstract

Earthquake prediction with cent percent accuracy has always been an infeasible task and remains the same even in this age of advanced technologies. There are advanced soft ware’s to routinely predict the weather and the motions of planetary bodies, but there exists not a single fool-proof method to forewarn us of impending seismic events. Animals have been known to show signs of approaching dangers, even earthquakes, in diverse cultures from different parts of the world. Some limited research has also been done on such bizarre animal behaviour in relation to earthquakes. This paper attempts to collate the varied instances of Seismic Anomalous Animal Behaviour or SAAB, review the research done on the possible cues that trigger them, review the possible mechanism of evolution of such behaviour and re-evaluate the status of SAAB as an effective earthquake predictive technique. Noting a dearth of research in India, the paper also suggests directions for research on SAAB from an Indian perspective.

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