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To: FrogMom

A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

3 posted on 07/13/2011 12:07:46 PM PDT by mnehring

To: mnehring

Back to the future?

4 posted on 07/13/2011 12:14:16 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")

To: mnehring

Can’t they just turn back the clocks and regain the 15 minutes? /s

6 posted on 07/13/2011 12:17:14 PM PDT by donozark (Beware the Imposter from Mombasa...)

To: mnehring

>>>A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

Explain the watches running fast also mentioned in the article...

7 posted on 07/13/2011 12:18:50 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)

To: mnehring
A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

<speculation>
For that to happen, the grid would have to have been operating at higher than its normal frequency. Assuming they use 50 Hz power and the grid running at 55 Hz, the clocks would run 10% fast. To gain 15 minutes, the grid would have to have been running that fast for over two hours (actually, 150 minutes). (I'd think that some alarm at the power stations would have been going off for that entire time.)
</speculation>

9 posted on 07/13/2011 12:20:05 PM PDT by Bob

To: mnehring

> A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

It’s not that. The jump affects even digital wrist watches and other battery operated items. Plus, it’s a constant daily 15 to 20 minutes.

21 posted on 07/13/2011 2:03:47 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)

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