Earthquake cloud

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Earthquake clouds are clouds claimed to be signs of imminent earthquakes. They have been described in antiquity: In chapter 32 of his work Brihat Samhita, Indian scholar Varahamihira (505–587) discussed a number of signs warning of earthquakes, including extraordinary clouds occurring a week before the earthquake.[1] In modern times, a few scientists[who?] claim to have observed clouds associated with a seismic event, sometimes more than 50 days in advance of the earthquake. Some[according to whom?] have even claimed to accurately predict earthquake occurrences by observing clouds.[2] However, these claims have very little support in the scientific community.[3]

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  1. ^ "A temblor from ancient Indian treasure trove?". The Times of India. 28 April 2001.
  2. ^ Gup, G.; Xie, G. (2007). "Earthquake cloud over Japan detected by satellite". International Journal of Remote Sensing. 28 (23): 5375–5376. doi:10.1080/01431160500353890.
  3. ^ Curious cloud formations linked to quakes - Distinctive cloud formations were spotted above an active fault in Iran before each of two large earthquakes occurred (New Scientist, 11 April 2008)(subscription required)