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N.Korea has advised its citizens to use their pets and other animals as an early-warning system for earthquakes

SEOUL - NORTH KOREA advised its citizens on Sunday to use their pets as an early-warning system for earthquakes, amid heightened fears following Japan's quake-tsunami disaster. Governments worldwide have focused on ensuring their alert systems go some way to protecting them against the horror wreaked by natural disasters such as the massive tremor and giant waves which killed thousands in Japan on March 11. While Pyongyang has also told North Koreans about the technology it has in place to anticipate disasters, state media urged the public to take note when animals behave oddly. The Sunday edition of Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of the North's ruling party, and a report on Saturday from the official Korean Central New Agency warned that people should beware if they see dogs barking incessantly, cattle refusing to eat or horses constantly trying to storm out of stables. Evide...

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