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Afraid of Earthquakes? Get a Mouse

Everyone in Los Angeles should get a pet mouse. Why?Because mice can predict earthquakes. Japanese researchers say mice act strangely after being exposed to low levels of electromagnetism of the kind which is often in the atmosphere just before a major quake. These electromagnetism levels are too low for humans to notice, which is why we need mice. Takeshi Yagi says, "The mice?became unstable and ran around inside the cage, scratched their faces and stuck their heads into sawdust in the cage. We first observed unusual movement by mice kept in our laboratory eight years ago, the day before the Kobe earthquake." This 1995 quake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and killed over 6,000 people, injuring over 40,000.

"We hit a hypothesis that electromagnetic pulses generated ahead of an earthquake would disrupt a mouse's internal clock," says Yagi. "More experiments are needed to solidify the results, but it is quite significant that it was the first time, as far as we know, to show scientific data proving animals' ability to sense signs of big earthquakes."

There are other ways to find out what's going to happen?if we'd only use them.

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