Rumbling and Shaking Reported on Vancouver Island (Update: solved)

Whole lotta shakin’, but it wasn’t an earthquake.

Unusual shaking and rumbling reported around the capital region had people thinking “earthquake” – but, rest assured, there was no seismic event.

Natural Resources Canada responded to public concerns by posting an explanation on its website, saying what was felt could have come from an “atmospheric source,” likely sound waves travelling over a long distance.

Taimi Mulder, a seismologist at the Pacific Geoscience Centre in North Saanich, said it received several calls from the public reporting rumbling at about 10: 45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Sound waves that could create such an event have several possible sources, Mulder said.

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They could have several possible sources but a sign of doom from on high is not a reasonable one. Yet, there they go, commenters off on their apocalyptic rants.

I live MANY miles from an artillery training area and hear mystery booms. On weekends when they are having maneuvers. In some cases, it shakes the house. This stuff happens. It was a good first guess about seismic noises; it could also be offshore waves or man made noises that travel. So, when these noises REALLY do occur, people report them, unlike many of the other so called “sky noises” that are occurring. In this case, a non-supernatural explanation seems fair even if it can’t be pinpointed exactly.

UPDATE: Here is the video update. It was blasting. (And there actually are small earthquakes that occur there.)

  4 comments for “Rumbling and Shaking Reported on Vancouver Island (Update: solved)

  1. Claire
    January 27, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    They found the source. It was an aerospace company in WA.

  2. idoubtit
    January 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Do you have a link? That would be great.

  3. Claire
    January 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Sure. It was on the news.,AAAA4mHNTzE~,ejlzBnGUUKYsSfyWUqWNgSfdmpadk3-L&bctid=1414606194001

    As you may expect some people still don’t believe that explanation.

  4. idoubtit
    January 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    That was a good news report! Thank you for that. Quarry and mine blasting is often a source of complaints here in PA. People do mistake them for earthquakes and believe they are damaging their houses.

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