Head-banging snakes may predict China quakes – Reuters

 1 131138688 3A29E9400DEarthquake prediction with Chinese characteristics, via Topix.net:

China has come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behavior of snakes, state media said on Thursday, two days after two quakes struck off neighboring Taiwan.

The earthquake bureau in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi autonomous region in southern China, had developed its system using a combination of natural instinct and modern technology, the China Daily newspaper said.

Experts at the bureau monitor snakes at local snake farms via video cameras linked to a broadband Internet connection. The video feed runs 24 hours per day. “Of all the creatures on Earth, snakes are perhaps the most sensitive to earthquakes,” bureau director Jiang Weisong was quoted as saying. [Full Text]

For more on the quake in Taiwan see the BBC’s coverage here.

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