Tag Archive for Earthquake

L’Acquital: Legal battle over for six Italian earthquake scientists

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In October of 2012, six Italian scientists and a government official were convicted of manslaughter for failing to give warning for the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 that killed over 300 people. The verdict was terribly misguided and was overturned in November of last year. The judge justified his decision by saying they failed in characterizing the…

NJ is booming and shaking

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Did you hear booming noises this AM in central New Jersey? There was a small, shallow earthquake about 3km north of Bernardsville. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the small earthquake in Bernardsville rattled homes and businesses around 3:41 a.m. The Morris County Communications/911 center received calls from residents in Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township,…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Loud noise, little earthquake in New Zealand

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Disruptive noise in New Zealand sounds like an earthquake. Loud, rumbling noise a mystery for Wanganui region. Mystery surrounds the origins of a loud rumbling noise heard in the wider Wanganui region overnight. The noise happened between 10.15pm and 10.30pm and was heard from Turakina to Waitotara. It was loud enough to shake the ground…

Mysterious window-rattling booms in Central Virginia

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People thought it might be an earthquake. Maybe it was. ‘Windows in the house were shaking,’ says couple awakened by mystery booms | WTVR.com Several viewers contacted WTVR CBS 6 News after they reported hearing loud booms early Wednesday morning. People in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George said the activity was so intense it shook their…

Malaysian minister believes disrespectful tourists caused earthquake

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This was the silly lead paragraph of story by Digital Journal: A group of western tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Malaysia, as their act of “disrespecting the mountain” could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people. Could have? No…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

Global warming linked to earthquakes, but they would happen anyway

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn. Well, obviously! The earth is dynamic. But the idea that global warming – by the mechanism of unloading water from this place and putting it in another place – is triggering earthquakes is a bit of a flawed headline. “Climate change may play a critical role in triggering…

Fear of earthquake in Japan sparked by “signs”

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Whale stranding in Japan has locals speculating that another disaster is on the way and also has them anomaly hunting for hints of a coming earthquake. People in Japan are growing concerned that another major earthquake might hit soon | RocketNews24. This piece mainly focuses on the dolphin mass mortality event but notes that people have…

Frost quakes possible cause of winter booms in Missouri

Six days of sub-freezing temperature at Puget Sound Energy's power plant in Goldendale, Wash. left a growing hoarfrost on anything exposed to the wind, including barbed wire. (Photo credit: iWitnessWeather user gardnertoo)

Booming noises continue in Kansas City, MO. One possible cause is frost quakes or cryoseisms. ‘Frost Quakes’ May Be the Source of Puzzling Booms in Kansas City – weather.com. Planes, trains and other ideas are being floated as possible sources of the booms. This is the time of year for cryoseisms, which we’ve covered extensively last…

It’s frost quake season in North America!

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

As reports of mystery booms continue every week, we finally have confirmation that the weather services have determined that frost quakes are occurring in Eastern Canada and even in the U.S. ‘Frost quake’ shakes Montreal’s West Island – Montreal – CBC News. Some residents on Montreal’s West Island were shaken early Tuesday morning by a…

UK is booming – What was that noise?

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There has been a wave of mystery booms across the UK leaving people to speculate wildly on the possible causes. The Big Bang Theory: Was it UFOs, fireworks or a sonic boom that caused loud noises in skies above Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the UK on Saturday? | Gloucestershire Echo. Did you hear the mysterious series…

L’Aquila decision against geoscientists overturned

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In an update to a story that shook geoscientists around the world, almost all of the people formerly found guilty in the L’Aquila earthquake prediction manslaughter case have been acquitted. Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter | WIRED. Today, after a surprisingly swift-by-Italian-standards appeals process, the three-judge panel acquitted six of the men.…

Earthquake hits Norway and Sweden

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

An earthquake measured to 4.7 magnitude (according to Google Alerts) hit Norway and Sweden at little over 3 PM local time. Some places has it recorded as low as 4.2, while others apparently have it recorded as high as 4.9. The epicenter of the earthquake according Google Alerts was near Älvdalen in Sweden but caused tremors…

Napa quake causes groundwater surges in several places

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Earthquakes can disturb hydrologic balance. In this case, it is a welcome side effect. Surprise bonanza since Napa quake: dry creeks now flowing – SFGate. Spring water spurts out of rocks and trickles down the moss- and vine-covered cliffs in Solano County’s Green Valley – an oasis in a canyon that was parched by drought…

Huge surface fracture in Mexico worries locals and surprises scientists

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A nearly one kilometer long gash has appeared in a remote farm area of Hermosillo Mexico leaving locals concerned and the rest of us amazed at the footage. Giant crack in Mexico seen by drone raises earthquake fears | News.com.au. The eight-metre deep trench opened up last week and severed Highway 26 between Hermosillo and…

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…

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

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Doubtful News covers all kinds of weird noises that are reported. Many can’t be readily explained. But that doesn’t mean they are unexplainable. This piece on the Moodus noises in Connecticut is excellent and entertaining. This is fairly well-known as an area of shallow, very weak seismic activity. The shallow rock stresses and releases produce…

Hoax earthquake warning across Southern California

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A fake letter that used a logo and signature of a real person circulated on the web warning of a coming earthquake. The USGS puts and end to that. USGS Warns Residents Of Bogus Earthquake Alert Letter A bogus letter circulating online is warning Southland residents about an impending earthquake. The hoax letter, which uses…

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…

‘Seismic event’ on the ocean floor connected to MH370?

A South China Sea map showing the possible location of the tremor on the sea floor (red star) and the two Malaysian seismic monitor stations (blue triangles). Photo: Handout by the Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China

Chinese scientists report they recorded a small earthquake in the sea around the area where the missing plane MH370 was last spotted. They say it could be related. But it does not appear that way. Chinese scientists observe ‘seismic event’ on sea floor, as US points towards Indian Ocean in MH370 mystery | South China…

Human activity triggered OK quake which may have induced another quake

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As a geologist, I often get questions about fracking. In Oklahoma, many small earthquakes have plagued residents and kept them on edge wondering why the sudden surge in seismicity. One of the large quakes has been linked to wastewater fluid injection (not fracking) and this inadvertant release of stress may have stressed another area leading…

Shroud of Turin created by neutrons released by an earthquake?

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Riiiiiiight…. Is this valid or just an exhibition of the lengths people will go to in order to fit their belief into reality? Turin Shroud may date from time of Jesus. The Turin Shroud may not be a medieval forgery after all, after scientists discovered it could date from the time of Christ. The Italian…