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Common toads appear to be able to sense an impending earthquake and will flee their colony days before the seismic activity strikes. ... It is hard to objectively and quantifiably study how animals respond to seismic activity, in part because earthquakes are rare and unpredictable.

2010-03-31

 toad frog earthquake frequency prediction seismology
Thousands of people are reported to be staying out of Rome for the next few days, over fears the city will be hit by a huge earthquake. The panic was sparked by rumours that seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979, predicted the city would be devastated by a quake on 11 May.

2011-05-11

 Rome superstition Pope seismology religion earthquake prediction