Arkansas events with fish and birds have potential to lead to another disaster

01/14/2011 14:55

From Examiner

Some residents in Arkansas cities saw the incidence with thousands of birds falling out of the sky and dead fish surfacing as apocalyptic in nature.  Others have expressed concern that it may be some kind of negative omen regarding 2011 since both events happened as it approached.  Scientists are of course researching the events in an attempt to figure out why they occurred.

The two events happened near the Little Rock area, apparently within a 24 hour time period according to a Monday article, though it also pointed out that scientists are denying that the two events are linked.  The fish surfaced near Ozark in a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas River while the birds fell over Beebe.

Some residents expressed concern that the birds and fish may have been poisoned, especially when they saw workers in hazmat suites picking up the birds.  However, neighborhood cats and dogs who have taken advantage of what they see as ample snack food have not gotten sick.

Another situation near Little Rock that hasn’t gotten much media attention is the numerous earthquakes that have happened in Guy. According to CNN, there have been 487 “measureable earthquakes” since September 20 of 2010, and the depth of the quakes has been between one-and-a-quarter and five miles below the surface.  What’s especially interesting is that Guy is near a major earthquake fault known as the New Madrid.

According to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas, the New Madrid fault line is made up of a series of fractures that run in a northern direction through five states, and it crosses the Mississippi river three times.  It is the same fault line where a series of severe earthquakes occurred back in the early 1800s that caused the Mississippi to run backward and church bells to ring as far away as Boston.  Scientists believe that it will eventually be the epicenter of future severe seismic activitiy.  Some believe that the area is overdue for a major shaking.

While earthquakes can’t typically be predicted with precision, there has been some discussion among scientists that animals may have the ability to predict earthquakes.  The National Geographic has explored that possibility and reported in November of 2003 that there have been multiple accounts over the centuries of animals behaving in unusual ways just before an earthquake, giving examples of, “Catfish moving violently, chickens that stop laying eggs and bees leaving their hive in a panic have been reported. Countless pet owners claimed to have witnessed their cats and dogs acting strangely before the ground shook—barking or whining for no apparent reason, or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness.

But precisely what animals sense, if they feel anything at all, is a mystery. One theory is that wild and domestic creatures feel the Earth vibrate before humans. Other ideas suggest they detect electrical changes in the air or gas released from the Earth.”

In addition, an article from March of 2010 noted that, “Anecdotal in nature, these reports seem to indicate that many species adapt abnormal behavior prior to earthquake occurrences. Mammals, fish, birds and even insects have allegedly been observed showing strange behavior weeks ahead of a quake, with activity intensifying closer to the time of the event,”  and that, “Most serious research is being pursued in Chinaand Japan.”

Similarly, stated that some studies in China noted that, “Such unusual animal behavior included goats refusing to go into pens; cats and dogs picking up their offspring and carrying them outdoors; pigs squealing strangely; chickens dashing out of the coops in the middle of the night; fish dashing about aimlessly; and birds leaving their nests. It has also been reported that zoo animals refused to go back into their shelters at night; snakes, lizards and other small mammals evacuated their underground nests; insects congregated in huge swarms near the seashores; cattle sought higher ground; domestic animals became agitated; and wild birds left their usual habitats.”  One startling observation made in China in December of 1974 just before a 7.3 quake in February of 1975 was that, “The most unusual circumstance of animal behavior was that of snakes that came out of hibernation and froze on the surface of the earth.”


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