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Nature 276, 606 - 608 (07 December 1978); doi:10.1038/276606a0

Do aerosol anomalies precede earthquakes?

HELMUT TRIBUTSCH

Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, 1 Berlin 33, FRG

REPORTS of strange animal behaviour in my home village, which was struck by the Friuli earthquake in northeastern Italy (6 May 1976) convinced me that aerosol particles were electrostatically charged before the quake and that the physiological effects were essentially caused by an increase of the ion concentration in the air resulting in reactions such as the serotonin irritation syndrome. A mechanism is suggested here for the liberation of electrical charge from underground: electrochemical glow discharge.

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