WOOF! Scratching, snapping, non-stop barking: annoying, yes. But these could signal an impending natural disaster. In 1995, the unusually erratic behaviour of dogs in Kobe, Japan, was said to have announced a coming earthquake two months before it took place. Now, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, the coastal Japanese city of Susaki will start using dogs as a live-animal tsunami warning system. So love your dog. And his bark.
Text: Marika Lysandrou