Tag Archive for Earthquake

Auckland NZ booms reported (UPDATE: Solved)

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See update below. Originally published 18 Jun 2014 Mystery booms in New Zealand rattle residents. Mystery bangs and shaking in Auckland – national | Stuff.co.nz. A series of mysterious “explosions” have been reported across west and north Auckland, but police are mystified. Reports of loud ‘‘bangs’’ followed by houses shaking began about 5pm, in the…

Cranktastic: Media gives attention to nonsense earthquake prediction

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Color me very irritated that mainstream media are giving this story ANY attention whatsoever. It’s not new, it’s not news, and it has zero basis in reality but may create a panic. Good going media for passing on unethical nonsense as sciencey-looking news, once again. ANY crank can say “earthquakes are predictable”. Words are cheap and…

Duncan Oklahoma mystery boom

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Poor Oklahoma with their quakes and booms. Duncan dispatchers field calls reporting mystery noise Stephens County deputies and Duncan police were left scratching their heads after dispatchers fielded dozens of calls reporting an unusually loud boom that sounded like an explosion. People reported hearing the boom from all areas of the city and county. Callers…

An earth shaking kaBOOM rattled Maryland

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Was this another frostquake? It seems not. A quake shook Ocean City, Maryland Thursday around noon. Mysterious ‘Boom’ Rattles Maryland | Maryland Earthquake | LiveScience. It was also heard in Annapolis. But after local construction and blasting were ruled out (and no military testing admission was forthcoming), people suspected an earthquake or a frost quake. The…

Frostquake hit Missouri Super Bowl parties

he seismic signal of a frost quake, as recorded by a seismometer in Ontario. Photo: Natural Resources Canada

What a year for frostquakes (icequakes) also known as cryoseisms. Mysterious noises traced to rare ‘frost quakes’. Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home. As his neighbors in tiny Paris, Mo., huddled around televisions Sunday for the Super…

The New Madrid fault – and yet it moves

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Seismologists take a look at the aftershock activity on this intra-plate seismic zone and then make a Monty Python joke. Unfortunately, it’s not funny… Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active. The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead…

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

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A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Seattle Seahawks fans make the earth move

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The power of… celebration. Seattle Seahawks fans register as earthquake during football game – CNN.com. After setting a Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium in September, CenturyLink Field went seismic during Monday Night Football, registering as an earthquake at a recording station about a block from the stadium. How big, you ask?…

Another booming week across North America

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Mystery booms continue. We found stories from Arizona to Connecticut, even into Canada this week. More mysterious ‘booms’ reported in Verde Valley area – CBS 5 – KPHO. Last year, about this same time, residents in Verde Valley [Arizona] heard some mysterious, unexplained booms. Reports of similar booms are once again being called in to…

Mystery tremor felt in Chicago area

Location of Monday's tremor

Lots of things go boom, rumble rumble…. It tends to make people uneasy. Officials say quarry blast, not earthquake, caused tremor – chicagotribune.com. People in the western suburbs who felt the earth move Monday weren’t imagining it. But the cause remains a mystery. The U.S. Geological Survey assigned the tremor that occurred about 12:35 p.m.…

Loch Ness geological explanation resurfaces, is sunk

The Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness monster. Known to be a hoax (click on picture)

A not new, not news, story is making rounds as “news”, a geological explanation for the Loch Ness phenomena. Loch Ness Monster: It’s Scotland’s Fault | LiveScience. [...]Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi credits the Great Glen fault system for reported sightings of the legendary beast, Scientific American reports. “There are various effects on the surface of…

Ants may behave differently before an earthquake, research says

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A new study on animal prediction of earthquakes Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming Ants with the world’s worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Research on ants in Germany showed that they follow regular…

Can we create earthquakes? Just add water.

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This is a fascinating piece that helps us better understand the effect humans (we mere humans) can have when we utilize the power of water in a particular way. It’s not a good outcome but it’s very interesting. Can we cause earthquakes? Yes, we certainly can. Wastewater injection spurred biggest earthquake yet, says study: 2011…

New Jersey shore booming (Sonic)

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Booms continue. Now, they are in the news and every one will be reported. It does not make for a trend and it does not point to one common cause. This one has precedent. Keep reading. Reports of Ground Shaking in South Jersey And Along the Shore. Tweets and Facebook comments posted late Tuesday afternoon…