Swarms of bees in Ortigas Center alarm netizens

Is this bees' behavior a prelude to a coming natural disaster?

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Netizens were buzzing with curiosity on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as videos showing swarms of bees flying outside buildings in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

At least two videos with 300,000 views and counting have been shared by Gabz Laurel on Facebook .

In an interview, Laurel said that the videos were shot inside Wynsum Corporate Plaza at around 3:30 p.m. and told Local Pulse that the bees stayed there for an hour.

He said that they were really bees. “I’m with my colleagues at that time. They also took videos.”

Meanwhile, Facebook user Christine Ainah Ison’s photo with catchy caption that says “Just now in Ortigas. One of my Co-teachers sent the picture…What’s happening?”, has since gone viral with more than 7,000 shares as of this posting.

Some thought in their comments it is a prelude to an earthquake.

(READ: Researcher predicts ‘Big One’ earthquake in PH between Feb. 24 and Mar. 8, 2017)

Dhee Agnote said: “I think it’s a sign of an earthquake.”

“Is this a sign of an earthquake? If it’s real then I think it is,” said Manilyn Dela Cerna Poster.

Others have commented that the bees were just migrating.

Is this bees’ behavior a prelude to a coming natural disaster?

Though there is no concrete scientific explanation about bees’ behavior as a prelude to a coming natural disaster such as earthquake, but different accounts and anecdotes of similar animal anticipation of earthquakes have surfaced.

One account told that just moments before a very strong (maximum intensity or Intensity VII) earthquake happened on August 23, 2011 at 1:51:04 p.m. that hit Mineral, Virginia, an owner noticed that his honey bees went nuts.

In a science report by Victoria Gill of BBC, “animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike.

“This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour.”

Honey bees, according to the study, “Effects of meteorological factors on defensive behaviour of honey bees,” also revealed that “how the defensive behaviour of honey bees is highly dependent on weather factors.”

“Eliminating genetic variance, the following meteorological variables account for 92.4% of the variation in defensive behaviour: air temperature, solar radiation intensity, wind velocity, relative humidity, and barometric pressure.”

with Renz Paolo Regis, Local Pulse

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