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Earthquake early warning toads

Posted by Lindy on April 17, 2010

Keeping an eye on the toads in your neighbourhood could give you a five-day head start in the event of massive seismic activity, says a new study published by the Zoological Society of London in the Journal of Zoology, but don’t put one in a jar on your desk just yet.

Researchers from the UK’s Open University reported that 96 percent of common male toads (Bufo bufo) in a population had abandoned their breeding site five days before a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck L’Aquila in central Italy in 2009.


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