Thousands of bees have been shown dead on the ground after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck California.
The shocking footage shows social media influencer Khalil Underwood outside his house, amid a mass of the dead insects on Saturday.
He zooms close to the ground to reveal the plight of the bees and the masses of carcasses that cover much of the ground in front of him.
‘This is crazy. I’ve never witnessed anything like this,’ Underwood exclaims. ‘Look how many f***ing bees are on the f***ing floor from the earthquake.’
He pointed to some that were still alive, appearing to shake and buzz on the ground as well as the struggle he had while moving his car.
Underwood claims the bees ‘vibrated, buzzed and died’ as a result of the earthquakes.
Scientists have previously noted that animals and insects act strangely in the lead up to an earthquake, but do not know why, according U.S. Geological Survey
While scientists know creatures are able to recognize earthquakes before humans, the mechanisms explain how and why it happens ‘still eludes us’ they wrote.
One study in Northern Taiwan that monitored insect populations over a period when a 7.3 and 6.8 earthquake hit, noted ‘large declines’ in the number of individual insects and also individual species.
But in their three-year study, they found that insects mainly living underground near to water were affected as well as those inhabiting aquatic sediment.
Underhill had tweeted the night before: ‘YO THE BEES ARE FREAKING OUT AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE ME JUST HAD!!!!! Theres like 70 on the floor just buzzing & dying.’
Later in a tweet his estimations increased from 70 to thousands and then millions, as he claimed, ‘I wasn’t exaggerating or joking last night.’
In Saturday’s video, Underwood said: ‘Alright last night I said there was like a million bees on the floor and nobody believed me. Y’all couldn’t see it in the dark. This is what I f***ing meant.’
The unusual event occurred after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern California, the worst the state has experienced in two decades.
The second consecutive day of earthquakes caused fires to break-out in Ridgecrest.
The earthquake struck 11 miles off the north-northeast of Ridgecrest at 8.19pm PST on Friday, close to where a 6.4 earthquake had hit the morning before.
More than 250 smaller magnitude aftershocks had also hit during the 36 hours between earthquakes according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Four structures caught fire, and there was reports of damage to road, the Sacrimento Bee reported.
Gavin Newsom Governor of Ridgecrest told ABC13 that President Trump called him to express commitment to helping in the recovery.
The Democrat said: ‘There’s no question we don’t agree on everything, but one area where there’s no politics, where we work extremely well together, is our response to emergencies.
‘He’s committed in the long haul, the long run, to help support the rebuilding efforts.’
Source – Daily Mail