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Buster Survives his Second Earthquake. He’s 0 – 2 Predicting them.

Small earthquakes are commonplace in northern California. The puny 3.5 that struck this morning with an epicenter a few miles from my house probably won't...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Jun 28th 2010


Small earthquakes are commonplace in northern California. The puny 3.5 that struck this morning with an epicenter a few miles from my house probably won’t even make the local news.

However, it gave me another opportunity to test the age old theory that animals can predict earthquakes.

Regular readers may recall that Buster didn’t even bother to wake up for his first earthquake. Today, fortunately, he happened to be awake for the big moment so I could measure his reaction before, during, and after the temblor.

Before the quake he sat quietly looking at me as if he wanted to to be pet. When the temblor struck he let out a mild woof. After the quake he fell asleep. These are all very typical morning behaviors for my pal.

Long and short, we have a scientific study with an n=1! (I have noticed that studies with n=1 seem to be very popular on the internet, so I figure I might as well join the party.) It’s official: dogs can’t predict earthquakes.