Image for Prophecies and earthquakes

Prophecies and earthquakes

Duration: 03:16

The ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi, a place where an entranced priestess called the Pythia was said to predict the future, has been found by modern geologists to sit above two fault lines that give off noxious gases. It may be that the Pythia drank water laced with these gases to send herself into a trance.

Available since: Fri 15 Apr 2011


Ian Stewart
Elaine Donnelly Pieper
Michael Burke
Ian Stewart

This clip is from

10 Things You Didn't Know About... Earthquakes

2/4 The stories and science behind some of the world's most dramatic earthquakes.

First broadcast: 20 Jan 2008

Image for Earthquakes Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss