Terremotos y animales: oportunidades y prospectiva

  • Diosey Ramón Lugo-Morin, Teresa Magal-Royo
  • Observatorio Medioambiental, December 2018, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
  • DOI: 10.5209/obmd.62652

Earthquakes and animals: opportunities and prospective.

What is it about?

Iberoamerican in the course of history has been part of the largest earthquakes that have occurred on the planet. Just mention on the side of the peninsula, the Lisbon earthquake occurred in the year 1755. On the side of Latin America, the earthquake in Chile occurred in 2010. These events and occurred in the rest of the world have awakened the interest of the scientific community in the context of developing prevention or prediction models. Earthquakes according to the theory of elastic fracture can be anticipated; early detection of these phenomena is possible due to the accumulated internal energy that is released in the form of seismic waves received by earthquake-receptor species as Lumbricus terrestris Linnaeus. In this logic, it is proposed to assess the potential of this species earthquake-receptor in early detection of earthquakes. Methodologically, the study used a comprehensive review of literature, which allowed an approach to state of the art the object of study. It is concluded that indeed L. terrestris is a species able to anticipate earthquakes.

Why is it important?

Every year hundreds of earthquakes occur generating countless victims and material loss, a situation that could be avoided if we could detect them in advance. The use of the adaptive strategy of L. terrestris is a real option because it is possible to build a prototype biodevice that allows the early detection of earthquakes.


Dr. Diosey Ramon Lugo-Morin

The findings derived from the analysis of the review carried out suggest that the perception of seismic vibrations are attributes of certain animals resulting from adaptive processes as a result of thousands of years of evolution.

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