Dog senses California Earthquake Before it Happens

From NBC Bay Area:

Aftershocks are a still a big concern in the Northern California region two days after a 6.5 magnitude quake caused millions of dollars of property damage in Humboldt County.

Cameras captured the quake but one particular piece of footage is getting a lot of attention. Scroll down and check out the clip from a security camera at the the Times Standard in Eureka. It shows a dog named Sophie who appears to feel the earthquake before it hits.

The Labrador is lying on the floor just hanging out in the newsroom. She sniffs the floor a bit then she hops up and bolts across the room and out of frame.

A few seconds later, the camera shakes as the quake rocks the building. The shot then shows drawers sliding out and debris dropping from the ceiling as people run from the room.

Sophie did a lap around the room trying to find her owner. They both made it out of the building safely.

(via Arbroath)

Earthquake in Haiti

From The Big Picture:

Tuesday afternoon, January 12th, the worst earthquake in 200 years – 7.0 in magnitude – struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Structures of all kinds were damaged or collapsed, from shantytown homes to national landmarks. It is still very early in the recovery effort, but millions are likely displaced, and thousands are feared dead as rescue teams from all over the world are now descending on Haiti to help where they are able.

In Haiti: Thousands Feared Dead; Day To Reveal Extent Of Devastation

From NPR:

“Dazed and injured Haitians sat on darkened streets pleading for help Wednesday and untold numbers were trapped in tons of rubble brought down by the strongest earthquake to hit this poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years. Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon’s 7.0-magnitude tremor — or to estimate the number of dead lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti’s capital.”