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Topic - Strong Earthquake-warning !!!!
Posted: May 19 2015 at 12:00pm By KiwiMum
Josh, I had one of my beehives open on the morning of the 6.3 quake that killed 180 people in my local city. It was about 2 hours before the quake and I noticed that they were behaving oddly, and flying very low to the ground. I actually mentioned their odd behaviour to my family. And not just around the hive, as I walked back to the house I noticed they were all flying below knee height.

Then a month or so later I had a hive open when an earthquake struck. I was working the hive as normal when suddenly the bees started buzzing very loudly. There was no reason for it, the sun was shining, it was a warm day, I hadn't knocked the hive or dropped a frame but they became very aggressive very quickly so I started to put the hive back together. A minute or two later I heard a quake coming and stood still hugging the hive as it was a large hive of 5 or 6 supers and the last thing I want to happen is for it to fall over on me. 

The second the quake passed the bees calmed down. 

I also know of a local farmer who was outside on the morning of our first big quake (a 7.1 in Sept 10). He was about to milk his dairy herd and noticed that even though it was pitch black outside, all the birds were singing. And I mean all, it was very loud. Then they suddenly stopped. A moment or two later he saw multiple flashes of light but they were coming up from the ground around his farm, not down from the sky like lightning. A minute later the big quake hit. These flashes of light were static electricity.

There were a few people out and about just before that quake and a number of people reported the birdsong and the flashes. 

I was deeply asleep when the quake struck, but something woke my husband and he heard it coming. He rushed through to our boys room  and spent the duration holding their bunk beds hard against the wall. 

I've been leading a cow when an earthquake came and she paid no attention to it at all.