A RECENT earthquake in California has killed large numbers of bees, leaving people baffled as the dead insects litter the ground.
California was rocked by its biggest earthquake in 20 years on Friday that split roads in two and cracked buildings but, although no human deaths were reported, countless bees became the unexpected casualties.
Social media influencer Khalil Underwood tweeted a video of a swarm of paralysed bees on his California driveway after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
He said: “I wasn’t exaggerating or joking last night….. after the Earthquake thousands of bees were vibrating on the floor and dying….”
Some experts think the earthquake could have disrupted the Earth’s magnetic fields, which bees use to navigate themselves.
This would have led to mass confusion amongst bee populations, paralysis and death.
The insects may have been confused by changes in the Earth’s magnetic field[/caption]
Underwood initially reported around 70 bees on the floor “just buzzing & dying” but later stated that he had actually found thousands.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake followed on from one that had a 6.4 magnitude impact just 34 hours earlier.
Buildings were battered and roads split as the force of the tremors shattered glass and cracked the walls of dozens of homes in the region.
Fire departments in the US state reported multiple injuries and blazes.
Lots of celebrities also tweeted about the earthquake and their houses shaking.
On shaky ground: Why is California so prone to earthquakes?
EARTHQUAKES are common in California because it lies on the San Andreas Fault.
The San Andreas Fault extends roughly 800 miles through the US state.
Faults are areas where two tectonic plates come together.
It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate — two subterranean masses that form the bases of the Pacific Ocean and the North American continent.
The fault divides into three segments, each with different characteristics and a different degree of earthquake risk, the most significant being the southern segment, which passes within about 35 miles of Los Angeles.
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