Sunday, January 19, 2014
What Were Those Loud Booms In The Area?
Well I don't think they were ice quakes because the sub soil temperatures have not been that cold. Ice quakes are usually confined to much more northern areas, with colder conditions.
Meteorites? That's possible, but we haven't seen reports of anyone seeing any, which usually precedes their breaking up or exploding.
Cannons? That's very possible, at least for the booms heard in that immediate area.
Sonic booms? With what I've seen, that appears to be the most likely culprit, but that doesn't mean that's what it was.
Some think it may have been locals doing target practive with tannerite, but the booms seemed more widespread.
At any rate, it's hardly a rare occurrence. Just google unexplained loud boom and there are hundreds of stories about them, going back years, all over the nation and Canada. There are even some from our extended region. You'll notice in the comments below one reader said he remembered hearing similar booms years ago and it turned out to be a company setting off charges while searching for oil or minerals. I think I remember that as well.
Others think the "booms" are a precurser to a large earthquake, and point out there were reports of loud booming noises prior to the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes, which began with a major quake estimated with a magnitude of more than 8 on the Richter Scale. Here's what the USGS says about booming noises and earthquakes. It says many times the noises come from sonic booms or other explainable sources, but apparently sometimes they can come from small, shallow earthquakes, too small to be recorded, when the "P-wave" arrives. Checking the USGS website though, we haven't had any earthquakes of even a 2 or 3 magnitude.
For those into conspiracy theories, there's even an article accusing the US Geographic Survey folks of "hiding" this fact from us (which is not true. I included the link to their site above). It even includes a video with numerous news reports of loud booms being heard in areas, and claims they are a precurser to "the big one." The only problem is the video was posted a year ago, and the reports are from much earlier than that. Years. Seems if this was the case, the big one would have already hit. Here's the video if you'd like to watch it.
In the meantime, we'll keep trying to track down the source. If it IS the big one. I hope it holds off until after the games are over.
Posted by Lew Jetton at 12:21 PM