The Spirit Journal
Imagine being given a few days warning to prepare or evacuate safely prior to an earthquake or a volcanic eruption. The risk of earthquake and volcanic activity in the Seattle area is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. How can we best prepare for the next seismic event? To date seismic monitoring at the University of Washington and the USGS has not been able to predict the timing of the next earthquake. But animals can. Cats in particular have been noted to act strangely or run away up to three days to a week before a large magnitude earthquake hits. Perhaps it’s time we paid attention to these feline messengers.
Successful Evacuation: In 1976 a town in China successfully evacuated the townsfolk prior to a large earthquake hitting that city. Hundreds of thousands of lives were saved. The evacuation was prompted by the disappearance of the animals.
Even the Birds Know: Several days before the March 8th, 2005 plume of ash blew out of Mt. St. Helens’ I noticed a significant reduction of birds at our backyard feeders, (I was now residing in Mountlake Terrace). And Shila was resting more ‘underneath’ tables and a rocking chair; not her usual behavior. She preferred stretching out on our deck. I moved our china from the cabinets just three days before the Mt. St. Helens’ small eruption. Luckily there was not a significant earthquake as a result of that small burst. However, Shila and the birds’ strange behavior continued to prove a point. The animals are a good indicator of earth activity and can provide us with a few days warning. I believe animals that have the opportunity to run outside in nature and feel the earth’s rhythms are even more attuned to potential earth movements than housebound pets. Perhaps your furry and feathered friends are more than just entertaining, they may assist in saving your life.
How to inform the public: The big question is how to get the public and media more aware of this useful and readily available data. As a former Seattle SCAN TV producer/interviewer I know the impact and effect media can have on informing the public, or not. Perhaps a growing understanding of our own interactions with pets and other animals starts at home. We then need to act as messengers via communications with friends, neighbors and through the internet.
And what about our anticipatory instincts? Given the incredible ‘instinct’s’ observed in animals doesn’t it seem possible that we humans also possess some of the same abilities? Closer observation of pets and wild animals may bring us into closer communication with them, and, as a result, with ourselves, our inner nature and inner guidance system. Observing that guidance system may allow us to ‘be in the right place at the right time’. What do the animals teach us? To listen, to feel, to run away if we need too. In other words, be prepared.
Be Prepared: Considering where we live and the already congested and crowded conditions on our local highways I travel with a backpack in the trunk of my car. In it I have a pair of good walking shoes, thick socks, a rainproof jacket, hat, gloves, a flashlight, extra batteries, water and some trail mix snacks, a blanket and a walkman radio. I feel prepared to walk home in the event of any situation that might cause disruption or complete gridlock in our traffic. At home we have talked about where to run if we feel the house shaking. We also have flashlights under the bed, extra batteries, candles, water and some amount of food stored.
Do like the natives do: I once interviewed a native american elder who spoke about Mt. Rainier erupting. He spoke in a matter of fact manner, that if the mountain needs to erupt, we should get out of the way. There are pacific northwest tribes that do not build anywhere near certain coastal areas due to the tales of a tsunami as long ago as 300 years. Those that live closer to the land, walk in the woods and enjoy the feel of the earth seem to also have a better connection with the Earth Mother and her moods, shifts and ‘needed’ changes. Between Mother Earth and her animal inhabitants, as well as our own innate abilities, we should always be safe.
the cat ran up the wall
her antics a bit strange.
then hid under my bed
I knew she
Of what, I
was not sure
days the earth
was nowhere to be seen
Just two bright eyes beneath the bed
watch the TV for seismic news,
Or watch the
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