Animals can feel an earthquake coming. For years it was doubted whether that was possible. In an international study it has now been established that cows, sheep and dogs actually show remarkably restless behavior a few hours before a quake. However, before animal behavior can be used to predict earthquakes, researchers still need to observe a large number of animals over long periods of time in various earthquake zones around the world. For this purpose, they plan to use the global observation system Icarus at the International Space Station ISS, which will begin its scientific work in a few weeks.

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Author profile picture Arnoud Cornelissen has for many years been writing about science and technology in, among others, various Dutch newspapers.