Tag Archive for Earthquake

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

From Maryland Geological Survey

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…

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…

Human activity triggered OK quake which may have induced another quake

Map from http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/11/04/mapped-oklahomas-earthquake-swarm/

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…

An earth shaking kaBOOM rattled Maryland

From Maryland Geological Survey

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…

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…

Archaeologists find evidence of superstitious rituals at Turkish site

Credit: ©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis / Harvard University

The containers supposedly held items to ward off evil spirits and were buried under the floor. Charms to Ward off Demons Found Under Ancient Floors | LiveScience. In the summer of 2013 archaeologists were excavating an ancient building at Sardis that was constructed after the earthquake. Underneath the floor, they found two curious containers that…

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?…

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.…

Booms near Richmond (Carytown) may be seismic-related

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At least small earthquakes should be considered a possibility for this area of Virginia. Neighbors keep hearing mysterious ‘boom’ near Carytown | WTVR.com. Some people living on Grayland Avenue near Carytown told CBS 6 they have heard a mysterious boom sound for the past few months. “It’s like a boom that has an echo to…

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…

Judge in Italian earthquake trial justifies decision against scientists

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It sent shockwaves across the scientific community: scientists convicted of failing to adequately warn of a deadly earthquake in Italy. The judge goes on record to explain why he felt they were guilty of negligence. Judge in L’Aquila Earthquake Trial Explains His Verdict – ScienceInsider. The L’Aquila judge who last October sentenced seven scientists and…

Mystery explosions rattle Indiana

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More booms, now in Indiana. Something definitely going ‘boom’ in the night Local residents, mostly on Evansville’s East Side and in Warrick County including Boonville, started reporting the mysterious sounds late Monday night. Additional reports of similar noises were also logged Tuesday night. Caleb Donahoo, 24, said he has heard the booms each night at…