How To Understand The Signals From Animals Just Before A Natural Disaster Strikes

James Walton
By James Walton August 21, 2018 07:20

How To Understand The Signals From Animals Just Before A Natural Disaster Strikes

We have enjoyed a period of time on this planet that has been relatively calm and habitable. I guess we could argue that since the last ice age, some 12,000 years ago, life on planet earth has been like heaven compared to the other heavenly bodies in our solar system. It has been this relative stability that has allowed us to build our civilization to the towering heights it has reached.

Unfortunately, it won’t always be this way. There is an ebb and flow on our planet and no matter what we humans do, we are subject to that cycle. Now, it’s not one simple cycle that we must deal with. Instead, there are a vast number of cycles on this planet that affect habitability.

One cycle is the rotation of the earth itself and the correlation between it and seismic activity.

Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in the number of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.

With all this science and intelligence on our changing planet it seems we have muddied our own natural survival instincts. Did you know that there are signals given off by our planet to warn us of impending disasters?

We have so wrapped ourselves in distractions that we cannot take advantage of these signals with our physical body. Animals still react to these signals though, and while we have muted our own senses we can rely on theirs as a natural ‘tell’ for what’s coming.

The Earth’s Natural Signals

There are many ways that our planet and its atmosphere convey approaching disasters and changes in the weather. Some of these signals can be measured by sophisticated human instruments, but they are also picked up and acted on in the animal world.

One of the most well known is barometric pressure. You probably hear about this on the nightly news. Barometric pressure drops as storms approach. This is how animals know things like major storms and hurricanes are nearing. Hydrostatic pressure is similar, but affects the water pressure, and this is what sends fish to deeper water when the pressure drops enough.

Lesser known but just as important, infrasonic impulses are another sign the earth gives us. These low vibrations are emitted by natural disasters and can be early warnings for tidal waves, earthquakes or even volcanic eruptions. They all send the same message to animals that can sense them – trouble is coming.

Animal Signals

There must have been a time when we were just as perceptive as the animals on this planet, since we have lost much of that ability. I want to tell you about some signs and signals that you can observe from the animals around you that may clue you in to when a serious situation is heading your way.

Remember, we may not always have the weatherman to tell us when a massive hurricane is bearing down – but who needs a weatherman when animals give clear signals that trouble is coming?

The Birds and The Bees

Both of these animals are going to seek shelter if a disaster is imminent. You could watch your own bees or bees from another area head into their hive. Bees will take shelter before disaster. Birds may also be migrating in a new pattern before a serious storm. I hope you know basic directions and that birds typically fly south in the winter and north in the summer. Use this information to look for strange migration patterns.

Henry Streby of the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues discovered that golden-winged warblers take off from their expected locations more than 24 hours before storms hit. In this case, the storm in question produced tornadoes that killed at least 35 people.

On the Water

A lot of fish behavior can tell you about what’s coming. It has long been a trick in my family to get out fishing just before a storm. The coming front often turns fish on and makes them aggressive. When the storm is very close the fish can shut down. I have read that jumping fish can be a sign of electric impulses in the air and water, or even of pressure changes.

Frogs often head for higher ground, and can actually be seen climbing away from water bodies, before storms. They will also get quieter at night.

Down on the Farm

It is common for cows and other herd animals to head for high ground before a storm. They sense the same pressure changes we discussed earlier. Horses and other pets might refuse food as well as exhibit agitated behavior.

Chickens also feel the threat, and can slow or stop egg production as a result.

Man’s Best Friend

Dogs become agitated and aggressive before a natural disaster. They may bark more and be more anxious before a major weather event or other disaster. They could be wary of certain locations in the yard or on walks that they normally frequent.

Some scientists think dogs and other animals can sense the preliminary waves that signal an earthquake ahead of the destructive seismic waves. Humans can’t detect P-waves, but most animals have more acute senses than we do.

Picking up on how your dogs are acting can give you last-minute warning of an earthquake. In this video you can see two puppies wake up just before an earthquake hits. You might not get a lot of warning, but it could be all you need to run outside where it’s safer.

Here’s another example; this dog suddenly jumped up and ran to his owner. Six seconds later the earthquake arrived. That’s six seconds for you to start processing and reacting – and in a disaster scenario, every second counts.

Dogs are one of the best examples because you can observe them very closely for strange behavior.

A few other strange animal behaviors that could signal disaster are things like:

  • Bats flying during the day;
  • Lady bugs gather just before a heat wave;
  • Monkeys can refuse food and become very agitated before a disaster. This is also true of human babies. I watched this first hand with my newborn son just days before a hurricane hit our hometown.
  • Elephants have been seen to head for higher ground before a tsunami strikes. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes, so it’s likely the elephants are picking up warning signs of the seismic shock.

A mixture of our pompous attitude towards our short-lived dominance of the earth, and an overwhelming reliance on technology, has put us at greater risk of falling victim to major disasters. We do silly things like filming tornadoes and storms rather than seeking shelter. We rely solely on the news to tell us when things are going wrong.

Of course, the biggest failure that has come from our muting of the earths warnings is our lack of preparedness. While animals stow away food for the winter and head to higher ground in times of disaster, the human animal is so bold that we hardly react till disaster is on the doorstep.

It is this terrifying lack of preparedness that forces so many of us to be the antithesis. Preppers use this unique time of massive technological advantage and resource access to build powerful systems that help them survive anything from a powerful thunderstorm to the world-changing disasters that will come.

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James Walton
By James Walton August 21, 2018 07:20
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26 Comments

  1. TruthB Told August 21, 15:44

    “Man’s best friend” takes on a whole new meaning.

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  2. John Davis August 21, 17:49

    Christ warned us of earthquakes and other serious problems. He said they would increase in the end days, but would pale in comparison to what will follow. Sadly, Mankind will ignore this warning to repent, and no doubt attribute the increase in earthquakes to global warming, climate change, and other scientific phenomenon. This “deafness” will necessitate a stronger warning from God, which if not shortened in duration by Him, would destroy all life (Matthew 24, and Revelations).

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  3. Wannabe August 21, 18:19

    I wouldn’t take much notice about chickens slacking off on egg production as a sign of bad weather coming. They can slack off producing eggs if there is a change in their usual eating habit and consumption of food. If I forget to fill my chickens feed dish then the next day there will not be many eggs. They can also go into their molting stage and won’t produce eggs at all. I can’t worry about bad weather every time I go to collect eggs and there are only two. And if I ever see bats flying during the day then I can just say, yea we are screwed.

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    • Claude Davis August 21, 21:39

      I tend to agree with you here. Animals do seem to be able to sense disasters coming, but it’s not always easy to tell their reactions apart from the way they react to a lot of other stuff. Sure, your dog might be avoiding his favorite spot in the yard because he knows there’s an earthquake coming – but maybe he just smells a snake there.

      Where watching the animals becomes useful is if a lot of animals start acting strange. If a couple of different species are doing unusual things, that’s when I’d start paying attention.

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  4. Jen August 21, 19:05

    My dog slept through a hurricane earlier last year

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  5. Down to earth August 21, 19:36

    Number one the Earth is not a spinning ball so half of the stuff is bull. Scientists say this and scientists say that, next thing you know you believe in evolution and that the Earth is millions and billions of years old. Give me a break. You don’t even understand the Earth that you live on even a little bit. You just believe what people tell you without doing any of your own homework. Go do some research so that you can get the basics down first and then presume to tell me what the scientists say. That’s just as bad as believing anything the government says. They are all on the same team to deceive you into believing at least some of their lies. So far you believe that you evolved from a Slime Pit or alien debris and you’re spinning around in four different spins over millions of miles an hour flying through space with no destination in mind just out there spinning waiting for an alien invasion

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    • Spike August 23, 01:26

      I’m in suspense. If the earth isn’t a spinning ball….what is it????

      I agree that a lot of science is a bunch of bull or in their words “theory” but the scientists soon forget that it is theory and start treating it as fact. My children’s science teacher even said that to his class. I think he said that 90% of Science is theory…10% Fact.

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    • Johnctee October 15, 15:57

      Does it hurt to think you know more than anyone else? Good luck with your master plan!!

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  6. Cry Havoc August 21, 20:44

    Very true. About a month ago, there was a 2.1 in SC. So mild that we were unaware until the evening news covered it. However the horses had been acting frightened earlier, running through the pasture and refusing to come for grain (which they love) The dog stayed with his body pressed to my leg as if afraid. We interpreted it as either the scent of coyote’s or feral pigs. As I said, WE could not detect it, but obviously they knew.

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  7. Homesteader August 22, 00:00

    My dog has near panic attacks when storms roll through even if they don’t hit us. (Yes, I have medicine for those attacks.) With the latest round of storms, she wouldn’t even eat for two days. I’m going to hate to see how she reacts when we have an earthquake. The last one that hit our area happened before she was born.

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  8. Arche Zwei August 22, 05:54

    The most important thing is to prepare for Reconstruction of Society after a Great Catastrophy.

    Not even as an individual or family or small group.
    Whenever the event takes on a magnitude that eliminates the technological advantage we build over the last 200 years, it will be important as of what to do in the 1000 days after.

    Only when there is some sort of system for the reestablishment of sustainable local agriculture, services and the production of necessary goods will mankind find back to civilization.

    Therefore, the Reconstructionist approach supercedes any individual prepping.

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    • Spike August 23, 01:40

      Reconstruction of Society will require a heavy hand and severe consequences for breaking what ever new rules are put in place. It won’t be anything like today’s world of being politically correct so we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Society in one region may not be similar to the next region because of which group won control.

      Maybe it will get ironed out in that first 1000 days you speak of.

      How do you prepare for “Reconstruction of Society”? Take Leadership classes? Military training? I’d recommend a bullet proof vest if you plan on a leadership role.

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  9. CH2801 August 23, 00:50

    Do you know how long a day is for GOD then?.

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  10. Beau1954 August 23, 22:05

    Me and another old boy were talking the other day about how fine it was when we were kids and the only thing you knew about the weather was what was coming over the horizon.
    News from Texas, cattle don’t give a damn if it’s rain or shine…

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  11. Mark August 24, 12:27

    That 1 second ‘early warning’ with the first two dogs “video” . . . . . and 3 seconds with the lab . . . . mmm hmm . . . . that’s going to help a lot! ha!

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  12. chickenpatti13 September 1, 14:41

    Yesterday I saw 4-5 dozen falcons flying south to north and my geese have been really noisy at night.I told my hubby something is gonna happen.I hope I’m wrong…..Funny I would find this article today.Is it a another sign from…?

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  13. John September 18, 21:11

    Also Deer feed heavily before a storm

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  14. Johnctee October 15, 16:00

    My dog is an almost 16 year old Cocker Spaniel. As old as he is he still tries to jump up in my lap and be as close to me as he can when a storm is coming.

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