German Ants Observed To Be Alarmed Before Earthquakes Struck

German Ants Observed To Be Alarmed Before Earthquakes StruckA recent research has claimed that ants have a tendency to sense earthquake beforehand. It has been said that the red wood ants were observed to changed behavior before an earthquake above magnitude 2.0 hits the prone area.

Gabriele Berberich, of the University of Duisburg-Essen, in Germany, apparently tracked the ants building their colonies along active faults, fractures where the Earth ruptures. The team noted down some 15,000 ant mounds lining the active faults. The ants were tracked down for three years between 2009 and 2012 with the help of high-resolution cameras with both a color and an infrared sensor. It is noted that during the course of study in the region, 10 earthquakes struck of magnitude from 2.0 to 3.2, including many small tremors

"We're not sure why or how they react to the possible stimuli, but we're planning on going to a more tectonically active region and see if ants react to larger earthquakes", said Berberich. She added that the normal ant behavior wasn't observed until a day after the earthquake.

Presented at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna, this research is not the only one which has tried to predict the predictive powers of ants.