An­i­mals be­come seis­mic fore­cast­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The seis­mo­log­i­cal bureau in Nan­jing has trans­formed seven an­i­mal farms into seis­mic sta­tions, be­liev­ing that closely mon­i­tor­ing the be­hav­ior of cer­tain crea­tures can help forecast earth­quakes, Mod­ern Ex­press re­ported.

Breed­ers have to brief the bureau in the eastern city about the be­hav­ior of the an­i­mals twice a day, or ab­nor­mal be­hav­ior as soon as pos­si­ble, through QQ, Chi­nese in­stant mes­sag­ing soft­ware.

Spe­cial train­ing at the bureau lists pos­si­ble ab­nor­mal be­hav­ior as chick­ens fly­ing atop trees in­stead of eat­ing, a large num­ber of fish leap­ing out of wa­ter or many toads mov­ing home, said Zhou Hong­bing, a breeder turned earth­quake ob­server at Ban­qiao Eco­log­i­cal Park, one of the re­fur­bished an­i­mal farms.

To make sure the be­hav­ior of an­i­mals is closely tracked, cam­eras are set up across the park which is home to 200 black boars, 2,000 chick­ens and a fish pond of 14.6 hectares (36 acres).

Us­ing an­i­mals to forecast earth­quakes is not new in China. As early as 2010 feed­ers in zoos in the south­ern cities of Guangzhou and Shen­zhen were track­ing and re­port­ing ab­nor­mal be­hav­ior.

PHOTO/CFP

A vet­eran salutes at a meet­ing in Nan­jing, Jiangsu province, on July 5. A to­tal of 33 vet­er­ans met to mark the 78th an­niver­sary of the be­gin­ning of the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion on July 7, 1937.

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