by Richard Michael Pasichnyk
From The Vital Vastness --
"At first the day seemed like a
fairly ordinary one, when unusual things began to happen.
Normally in the mountains, flocks of deer came down and crowded
together near the village, and seemed uninterested in grazing; a
sight never seen before. Cats left their homes and not one could
be found in the village for the two days that followed. Kittens
were taken outdoors by their mothers and bedded in vegetation.
Mice and rats left their hiding places, and in some locations
they could be seen aimlessly scampering around. Fowl refused to
roost, but scattered about noisily. Cattle and other livestock
panicked in the barns and about fifteen minutes before the event
showed clear signs of fear. Dogs seemed to bark without reason.
Birds became restless and emitted calls at times they were
normally more likely to be inactive. It was on that day, 6 May
1976, that the village of Friuli, in northeastern Italy, was
struck by an earthquake.
Unusual animal behavior preceding earthquakes is so consistent
that it has been used to predict them. In 1975, Haicheng in
China was hit by a quake that was successfully predicted
partially as a result of this knowledge. Even an illustrated
booklet, Earthquakes, which has been compiled by the
Seismological Office of Tientsin, in China, says both historical
and recent surveys prove animals react before the event.
Additional evidence from the Chinese indicates that 58 species
are aware of approaching earthquakes, and there undoubtedly are
For example, a Japanese scientist noted that quakes in the Idu
peninsula and the number of fish caught near the end of Sagami
Bay were correlated. In the spring of 1930, swarms of quakes hit
Ito on the east coast of the peninsula, and it was around that
time that abundant catches of horse mackerel and other fish
occurred at the Sigedera fishing grounds. On the other end of
the biological spectrum, falls of camellia flowers were also
correlated with quakes, by this same scientist.
Even we humans are affected with disorientation, giddiness,
nausea, uneasiness and feelings of impending calamity prior to
and during a quake. Scientists suggest that this is the result
of human sensitivity to ground waves, and to electrostatic
effects (including the Serotonin Irritation Syndrome or
Serotonin Hyperproduction Syndrome) and electromagnetic forces.
In other words, observations have shown that we humans are
sensitive to the Earth’s nervous system impulses, too.
Knowledge of this sort extends back at least 2,000 years to the
time of the naturalist and writer, Pliny the Elder, who
designated animal response as one of four signs of a threatening
earthquake. Thirty-three independent reports from various parts
of the world have been compiled by the United States Department
of the Interior, one author has collected 78 reports from folk
tradition and mythology, and various other reports also exist.
Probably one of the most interesting observations dates from 373
BC in a region of ancient Greece. Helice, in Achaia, bordering
the Gulf of Corinth, was hit by such a violent earthquake that
it sank beneath the sea where it remains to this very day.
However, five days prior, swarms of animals, including rats,
weasels, snakes, worms, centipedes and beetles, migrated across
a connecting road toward the city of Koria. They had
successfully predicted the earthquake, saving their lives (the
components of the Earth-cell). The reason for this type of
behavior has most scientists baffled.
Yet, one researcher states what could be expected of FEM:
ground gives off static electricity before an earthquake. In
addition, increases in the intensity of the earth-currents
(i.e., telluric currents) are considered one of the warning
signs of an impending quake. This coincides well with the
understanding that earth-currents are maintained by static
electricity and the superconductivity of living things. The
physiological effects on animals may also be due to air ions
offsetting biochemistry (Serotonin Hyperproduction Syndrome).
The outcome is that life, the components of the Earth-cell, is
preserved. Like an organism with a damaged cell, an electrical
message (nerve impulse) is sent, the cell is saved, and that
which is damaging the cell (i.e., the city or disease) is
"Earth-movements are not exactly what we have been led to
believe. Sure, the majority of earthquakes and volcanic
eruptions are the Earth bringing equilibrium to its shape and
surface. These occur along plate boundaries in the process known
as plate tectonics. Science does not know exactly how the Earth
gets the energy to do this, or for that matter, why. Today the
continents are basically situated along the edges of the Earth’s
rounded-pyramid shape, yet these events continue. Now it can be
said that growth (expansion) is part of the reason, because this
seems to have been occurring through time. The remainder of
earthquakes, which mostly take place on the continents, are in
response to an imbalance in a life-system (a disturbed or
This is why they center in or near
urban areas, agricultural fields, reservoirs, dams, and other
artifacts of civilization that remove wilderness. Other
disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and the like always
destroy these same things. Most “natural” disasters are actually
the equivalent of a damaged or dead cell being restored, or an
attempt at restoration. It may seem to offend common sense to
consider the idea that major upheavals of the Earth’s crust are
being manipulated in the interest of the biosphere. However, as
we examine history in Volume Two, this is most definitely a
sound and substantiated conclusion."
According to evidence, many animals
change their behavior during earthquakes and earthquake precursor
events. Mouse biorhythm (circadian) diagrams recorded at Osaka
University showed unusual mouse behavior before the Kobe earthquake
on January 17, 1995. Their movement (locomotive) activities on
January 16th showed drastic increases, during both sleep and active
periods, indicating that mice perceived of some preseismic signals.
[Yokoi, S, et al (2003) Mouse circadian rhythm before the Kobe
earthquake in 1995. Bioelectromagnetics 24(4): 289-291].
Movements and survival of 32 radiomarked white-tailed deer (Odocoileus
virginianus seminolus) were studied in the wet prairie of Everglades
National Park (ENP) and Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP) before
and after the passage of Hurricane Andrew. All radiomarked deer
survived the hurricane. Hurricanes appear not to exert direct
detrimental effects on deer populations in the interior marshes of
the Everglades. [Labisky, R. F. (1999) Effect of Hurricane Andrew on
survival and movements of white-tailed deer in the Everglades.
Journal of Wildlife Management 63(3): 872-879].
The Case of the Asian Tsunami
Disaster of December 26, 2004
One of the things most overlooked at times of major disasters is the
response of life to the disaster. Three hours before the earthquake,
elephants in Khao Lak, the hardest hit area in Thailand, screamed in
fear. This area is hundreds of miles away from the earthquake that
generated the tsunami. They trumpeted a second time an hour before
the tsunami struck and moved to higher ground, even breaking chains
that secured them. Hermit crabs on some of the islands in Thailand,
where they live on the sandy beaches, suddenly escaped to higher
ground before the wave hit. Sri Lanka's Yala National Park was hit
by surging floodwater, but there were no signs of any dead jackals,
crocodiles, leopards, elephants, and deer, animals that have given
the park worldwide fame. Eyewitness accounts indicate that dogs
refused to go outside, flamingos left there coastal breeding
grounds, and zoo animals rushed into their shelters and would not
come out. The coastal region of Cuddalore, India had thousands of
human casualties, but no buffaloes, goats, and dogs -- which are
plentiful -- were found dead.
Another overlooked fact is that the responses and presence of life
helped to save human life. For example, a dive boat captain saw the
ocean suddenly filled with dolphins and he followed them, escaping
the wave. In San Souk, a fishing village, birds suddenly became
frantic, and the villagers took notice and left, saving all 1,000
villagers. In many cases it was trees that people clung to that
saved their lives. Areas that still had their coral reefs and
mangrove trees along the coast were far less badly hit. Other
forested areas acted as barriers to the full force of the wave. In
contrast, those areas where the corals were destroyed or the
mangrove trees ripped out for hotels and aquaculture were
devastated. For example, in the Maldives more than 100 people lost
their lives in a population of about 270,000, while in Phuket, with
a similar-sized population the toll was 1,000. Meanwhile, places
like Myanmar, where the mangroves remained intact, or India's state
of Tamil Nadu, where there are dense stands of mangroves, suffered
much fewer human casualties and property damage. These so-called
"coastal greenbelts" saved thousands of lives and lessened damage
in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Both the World Wildlife Fund and
Friends of the Earth have taken note of this in many regions hit by
Another overlooked occurrence is what the aftermath scenes reveal.
In most cases the tsunami wiped away plantations, aquaculture,
agriculture, roads, bridges and buildings, even entire villages.
Nature, on the other hand, suffered little, and will likely recover
quickly, as has taken place in other disasters. For example, see
these NASA, Earth Observatory aerials of the before and after scenes
of Gleebruk, Indonesia.
image is a before image of a tsunami hit area shows a road, bridges,
an aquaculture structure (probably a shrimp farm), a plantation, and
(NASA April 12,
The top image
is an after image shows that all the artificial systems and
non-living structures are wiped out, including the road, bridges, an
aquaculture structure (probably a shrimp farm), a plantation, and
buildings that existed before the tsunami struck
Another phenomena unaccounted for by
present theoretical perspectives is what happened to the Earth. The
earthquake that generated the tsunami was attended with a change in
the Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, shifted the North
Pole and changed the Earth's shape. These effects weren't much, but
they were measured by scientists. For more see this
Universetoday.com and NASA articles. Moreover, the Earth was ringing
like a bell for weeks after the earthquake as reported in a Spacedaily.com article. In
The Vital Vastness it was shown that
these various phenomena are controlled by the field system of the
Field-dynamical Earth Model (FEM).
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