Even-though there is good knowledge of earthquake zones on the planet, yet there is no way to predict when big earthquakes with magnitudes of 7-8 degrees.
But it is known that animals can somehow sense the beginning of such events.
Shortly before an earthquake, animals begin to behave strangely.
For example, they suddenly leave their homes and seek shelter. The reason for this behavior may be that they can feel the odor, fast-traveling waves or chemical changes in groundwater, which is preceded by earthquakes.
While there are some opportunities, but need further research because it is difficult to find a statistically significant relationship between the unusual behavior of animals and the upcoming disaster.
Because natural disasters occur relatively rarely, it is difficult to reliably interpret animal behavior after the event.
Powerful computers could be used to monitor groups of animals. Their natural instinct could be used to warn of natural disasters.
Analysis of animals
There are areas where the ability of animals for accurate detection is undeniable.
For example, the ability of dogs to recognize the signs of cancer, which is otherwise difficult to recognize.
Also, it is known that if you provide the appropriate technology, they can show what they detect.
For example by pressing a button.
This is an example where the appropriate technology can facilitate the natural behavior of the animals and be transmitted in a way that you can understand.
Of course, the key difference between a dog that detects cancer and a flock of birds that suddenly flew away as a result of the early signs of the upcoming disaster, is in the number of individuals.
It can be expected that the quake would affect the upcoming multiple individuals at the same time. That in turn would increase the effect.
To collect data from a large group, and at the same time filter sounds in the background, is fast and elastic cloud computing.
However, technology that can do this, already exists. And is also sometimes used to monitor the course of a larger group of aircraft.
The question remains. How to detect data from the behavior of a large group of animals that could be used beforehand.
And at the same time not to disturb the life and the natural behavior of the animals.
Studies have shown that placing sensors, can have serious consequences for their well-being. And alters their natural behavior too, making the data obtained invalid.
Of course, setting up sensors on a huge number of animals on each subsequent generation is extremely impractical.
A better option would be to monitor changes in the behavior of animals in their natural habitats by means of ambient sensors, such as motion detectors. Data could be used to automatically detect any deviation from the normal way of behavior of animals.
Systems for monitoring of collective animal behavior could use sensors to detect large groups of animals in specific areas.
As well as monitoring the speed and shape of their movements or noticeable changes in sounds emitted.
Of course, this data should be secured to prevent their misuse (not for hunting, for example.)
So, we could use approaches and technologies which are typically used for connecting people and computers.
And we can create the means and conditions necessary so that animals can help us.
But not only to predict earthquakes, but to learn many things from them – only if we learn how!