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Ants can save millions from earthquakes

Apart from the early warning seismology that tsunami warning centers (TWCs) provide when countries suffer the worst earthquakes particularly California, Japan, Indonesia, Italy and Greece there is help already available. German research with HR cameras has begun to check these species that show vivid reaction to early signs of quakes.
We know that carbon dioxide gas is released below ground where the great plates are scraping against each other. We know that sound and vibration can be carried through the earth itself. Some of these signals are picked up by ants, as described by Gabriele Berberich of the University of Duisburg-Essen in her paper; recently presented at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna.
The Tyler Group Barcelona research as hinted in the paper’s title, “Biological Anomalies Prior to Earthquakes,” many other animals such as the obviously close-to-the-ground snakes and mammals have also been recorded in their particular actions. One advantage of using ants is that they are so easily observed another is their proximity to the source of the detectable changes; another is their extreme sensitivity, using of course, and many small individual “sensors” in the form of workers.
For 3 years, low magnitude earthquakes in the eastern Eifel region of Germany have been monitored, alongside the nests of the red wood ants, Formica pratensis and F. polyctena.
Both species performed in a similar fashion throughout the observations. The reason that the ants are close to the fault seems to be that warm gas emerges from the fault. Their actions before and during any seismic activity were studied to detect their suitability as indicators of future quake.
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      May 12 2013: It's true, good point! However I think that also meteorologists do their work well. In my opinion, we need the contribution of everybody (including,not only animals, but plants, planets or whatever) Why? Because the Universe is a complex system, and nobody has or hasn't all the information / knowledge.
      I think that nets are an ideal, not only for neurons, human beings, insects, forests and so on, but for all ecosystems.
      Besides, in my humble opinion, that idea is one of those which suport TED's ideology. Nobody, nothing is superfluous, all of us we're necessary and invited to help.
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  • May 10 2013: To be honest: I don't think you are going to get many folks, bent over, observing ants on the best of days, other then children.
    While the ants do react to various happening from earthquakes (as do dogs & birds), saving millions of people just isn't a good solution. But better technology is.
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    May 24 2013: This is really a great information...
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    May 10 2013: Hi, Spencer. In my opinion, it must be useful or unuseful. But, I think if we're dealing with the chance or opportunity of save even a few lives, in case of sismic activity, it's a worthy matter. Why not investigate? Ultra modern techonlogy is very good also, of course. May be the most useful. But it results that sismic detection technolgy, by now, can't forecast at a reasonable rate an earthquake. Then, let's give the ants (or the dogs or the plants..) their opportunity in helping.