A common question people ask is whether or not animals can detect earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said there is evidence dating back to 373 BC that shows animals can sense earthquakes and other natural disasters before they happen.

Channel 3 spoke with a veterinarian at Northgate Animal Hospital to find out why that might be.

"They can feel the seismic movements before the humans can, you know, the rumblings before the earthquakes. Actually, when we have earthquakes, there's humidity and temperatures changes and sometimes that can be similar to some pets sense that for like storm phobias, and there's actually some magnetic changes that happen so it may be all of the above," Dr. Randy Hammon said.

Dr. Hammon said there have even been some studies that show, in certain cases, animals can detect natural disasters days or even weeks before they happen.