by Richard Michael Pasichnyk

from LivingCosmos Website


From The Vital Vastness -- Volume One

"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 more.

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:

“The 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 destroyed."

"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 destroyed habitat).

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 the wave.

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.

The bottom image is a before image of a tsunami hit area shows a road, bridges, an aquaculture structure (probably a shrimp farm), a plantation, and buildings

(NASA April 12, 2004).

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

(NASA January 2, 2005).


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 and NASA articles. Moreover, the Earth was ringing like a bell for weeks after the earthquake as reported in a 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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