Going out in nature is refreshing and relaxing, but there is always a danger that can be waiting for you only a few steps away from you. You are probably a very intelligent person, but do you have enough knowledge about nature around you? Discover different ways in which nature warns you about impending natural disasters with this article. This will help you to protect yourself in case of danger.
1. Beware of a tree in the shape of a “J”
Have you ever hiked and noticed a tree in the shape of the letter “J”? You may have escaped a very dangerous situation as it is a sign of an impending landslide. The soil moves very slowly, so the trees grow in strange shapes.
Another sign of a potential landslide is soil cracking, which could be on the sidewalk, street or ground. In addition, if there has been a landslide before, another one may be on the way. However, it should be noted that landslides occur on slopes. So if you are in a flat area, you are probably safe.
2. When the sea level drops, the danger is not far behind
If you walk along the beach of the Pacific Ocean sea and the water starts to recede, you may be in trouble. Are coral reefs discovered? Don’t waste time looking at floating fish or pretty coral, reach the heights as quickly as possible. A tsunami is probably about to happen.
Tsunamis usually occur when an earthquake occurs underwater. At this point, the waves can move as fast as a jet plane, 500 miles per hour, across the ocean. It is better to monitor sea levels along with other beaches because while tsunamis are more frequent in the Pacific, they also occur elsewhere.
3. A cloud of walls in the sky could get you out of Kansas
Sitting on the grass and observing white, fluffy clouds can be a soothing way to pass the time, but if you are in front of a wall of clouds, take cover. The cloud walls of the walls are lower than the rest of the storm and can be up to five miles long.
The rapidly rising air causes the pressure to drop under the storm, forming the cloud of the wall. But these formations can be dangerous because if the cloud rotates, it can produce a destructive tornado. As we all learned from The Wizard of Oz, tornadoes can be the beginning of an incredibly colorful journey, but in general, it’s only bad news.
4. Avoid the channel of rough beach water
If you see a rough water channel on the beach, algae, and debris moving away from the shore in a particular area, a section of discolored water or a space in the wave line, it is likely that a deadly current will form below the water surface. Commonly (though incorrectly) called riptides, these currents are very fast and powerful water channels that can take you away from the shore.
These currents kill more than 100 people each year in the United States and are responsible for most rescues by rescuers. You can check for currents before entering the water, but if you get caught in one of them, you should swim parallel to the shoreline to get out of the channel. Then make an angle with the shoreline.
5. If the animals start to flee, an earthquake could be about to happen
As early as 373 BC in Greece, people reported that animals such as rats, snakes, and insects fled their homes a few days before a major earthquake shook the earth. But so far, these stories are not supported by science. Scientists do not know what animals detect – if they actually detect something. It is also quite difficult to study their behavior just before an earthquake.
In general, animals can detect earthquakes a few seconds before humans, because they feel the small initial vibrations that we cannot detect. But although it may be marginally useful, it will not tell you to leave the earthquake area early enough.
6. If the animals start running towards you, there could be a fire behind them
If you see birds and mammals flying and running towards you, there could be a forest fire behind them. Some animals, like amphibians, stay in the fire, digging underground to escape it, but others run as fast as they can. Of course, if you see smoke, it is also a pretty good indicator of a forest fire.
7. If your hair stands on your head, do something about it!
Lightning strikes may seem to be the “unicorn” of natural threats, but every year, lightning claims more victims than unprovoked shark attacks. Although the annual number of deaths has decreased significantly since the 1940s, it is because people are more aware of the danger.
So, if your hair starts to stand up on your head and your jewelry starts buzzing, the lightning is probably about to strike very closelly to you. Take immediate shelter or, if you can’t do it, squat down to the ground and make yourself very small. Touch the ground as little as possible, leaning on the soles of your feet, then step out of the area when you can.
8. Sharks swimming to deeper waters probably means that a hurricane is coming
In the event that you are in the ocean and you see a band of sharks swimming deeper in the water, it is likely that a hurricane or tropical storm will approach. They probably feel the drop in barometric pressure that accompanies the storm and tries to get out of the rough zone.
Contrary to what popular films like Jaws show, sharks do not have the sole mission of attacking humans. Thus, instead of staying at shallow depths and being carried to nearby cities, sharks try to find shelter. Don’t believe these fake pictures of sharks in shopping malls and flooded streets, because these animals haven’t evolved for millions of years to be so stupid.
9. If you hear the roar of the water, run to a high place
If it rains a lot, you are near a stream or river, and you hear the roar of the flowing water, immediately reach high ground. It is likely that a flash flood is about to pour in front of you and, considering that floods are the second most deadly form of severe weather in the United States, you don’t want to be caught in it.
Flash floods are incredibly powerful. They can move rocks, level buildings, uproot trees and drag bridges. Broken dams failed dikes and heavy rains can cause flash floods. Unfortunately, the rain is only romantic until it takes half the road.
10. If you see square waves, get out of the water
This oceanic configuration does not even seem possible, but it occurs when two wave systems meet. One of the wave systems continued despite the movement of the wind, creating what is called a “crossed sea”. These crossed seas can be incredibly dangerous for ships, surfers and swimmers.
Below the surface of these crossed seas is an exceptionally strong current that can drag you underwater. Water is also very difficult for boats to navigate, so some of them are shipwrecked.