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Incredible radar images show the exact moment Saturday's 5.6 earthquake struck central Oklahoma, causing literally millions of insects and birds to take flight!
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration released the shocking radar images today, which highlight the changing air patterns at the precise moment the temblor struck in the late-evening hours on Saturday. The wing movement of vast amounts of insects and birds was immediately picked up by local Doppler Radar, which is often used to detect wind rotation or tornadoes embedded in thunderstorms.
The radar image in the moments before the earthquake was calm and still, but as soon as the earth started to pitch and shake, a shift caused by a simultaneous movement of birds and insects flying in low altitude was detected. The earthquake was the strongest in history to strike Oklahoma, and caused buildings to crumble and stretches of highway to buckle from its force.
Scientists are studying the data to see if the creatures took flight slightly before or after the shaking began. Experts have long thought that animals can detect movements in tectonic plates before a quake strikes, exhibiting odd or unnatural behavior in the moments leading up to an earthquake.