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Chinese city of Nanchang using dogs to predict earthquakes

Published on May 7, 2013 4:41 PM
 
A rescue worker stands beside a truck crushed by a landslide, after Saturday's earthquake, near Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province on April 22, 2013. A Chinese city is using dogs to predict earthquakes, an official said on Tuesday, after state-run media reported that neighbours were complaining of nightly false alarms - in the form of barking. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese city is using dogs to predict earthquakes, an official said on Tuesday, after state-run media reported that neighbours were complaining of nightly false alarms - in the form of barking.

China is regularly hit by seismic tremors. Around 200 people were left dead or missing by a quake in Sichuan province last month, and hundreds of thousands have been killed in major disasters in the past.

The earthquake authority of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in the east, keeps dogs since they will "act abnormally when an earthquake is coming", sometimes up to 10 days in advance, an official surnamed Song told AFP.

The bureau used the dogs at the request of the provincial government, he added, saying that chickens and ducks could be effective as well.

 
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