The cats are totally freaked. Earthquake on way?

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  1. Dave Mack

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    Not just that but the neighborhood dogs are all yapping.
    The cats were freaked by the last one we felt here, (a 3.4) and I've heard that sometimes they sense quakes coming...
    Any thoughts? BTW, we live 5 blocks from the Hayward fault.

    [​IMG] d
     
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    I tend to think that when my own dog goes a little nutz once in a whille, but after about 5 no-shows for quakes, I just decided that my dog was simply as crazy as her owner!
     
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    I'm not sure where you live Dave but Ali has been freaking out the last week. He normally only meows when I get home or am about to leave. Can't quite pin it down yet
     
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    I take animal senses seriously.
    I might be bubblewrapping grandmothers heirlooms and staying away from tall building with plate glass windows.

    (I hope we shall soon not see...thats whats bothering them!)
     
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    Ditto.
    Maybe i should buy land in Arizona and Nevada now?
     
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    My cat has acted normally for the past week or so. Nothing up with him.
     
  8. Dave Mack

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    We live in Berkeley, pretty near the faultline.
    Even the wiener dog seemed a little spooked late last nite. Or, maybe they are just nuts...

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    I think it's the heat. As my 1923 building has no AC. He hangs out by the open french window overlooking the main street. Plus, it's just him and I now with my brothers all moved out. I think he's just hot and lonely.
     
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    Flufferdoodle tears around the house at 4 AM every night but that's normal for him. Otherwise the cats are strangely accepting of their second new house since April.

    Maybe I moved out of San Jose just at the right time?
     
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    Dave,

    Did we ever have one? I am in Emeryville and haven't felt anything yet. My wife said there was a small quake last week I think. Didn't feel it myself though.
     
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    The theory I've read is that granite in fault zones is slightly piezoelectric, and gives off RF waves as the strain builds up near the time of the earth quake. The animals pick this up. Sort of like those sounds that only dogs can hear.
     
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    Cool.
    we had a 2.5 last week. Today's been quiet.
    Here is a good site...
    http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latest.htm

    Emeryville is cool. we almost took an apt. last year in PPP, the big white building. Having that food court across the street would be dangerous though!

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    Hay I'm on the eastern side of the San Andreas, maybe I'll have beach front property soon!
     
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    If Attila says "no quake," then no quake. 'nuff said. [​IMG]
     
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    but if he's wrong about no earthquakes, then remember, it's not his fault.

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    Not to unduly spook anyone, but wasn't there a news story on the wires within the last couple of weeks saying that a major earthquake is due (or even overdue)?

    I agree regarding animal senses - never underestimate them.
     
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    Maybe a delayed reaction to the 4th of July fireworks? Just trying to find another plausible cause. Being prepared is one thing. Worrying about it too much will only drive you crazy. BTW, I live in Hayward and you are closer to the "Hayward" fault than I am! P.S. There are several quakes under 2.0 every week that we can't feel, but animals can. That, along with the heat and the fireworks might drive the animals nuts. Besides, you live in Berkeley. That's reason enough for anything to freak out. (Just kidding).
     
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    No strange animal behaviors noted here....and I live right on top of the Hayward Fault (Castro Valley).
     
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    Dave...save these posts. When you become a true "local" you're going to look back with good humor when you realize that magnitude 2-3 earthquakes aren't real earthquakes [​IMG]

    Hope all stays quiet.

    Sincerely,
    Carlo--active participant of the Loma Prieta '89 and Northridge '94 quakes
     

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