Tag Archive for Earthquake

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…

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.…