Skip to comments.San Diego Booms: Earthquake or skyquake?
Posted on 12/30/2009 2:22:19 PM PST by TaraP
Strange booms from the sky have San Diego residents on edge. And they're not alone.
Mysterious booms were also heard this week in Arkansas City, Kansas and in parts of Oklahoma. The booms were loud enough to shake the earth and register on the Richter Scale. "Experts" were quick to blame them on military airplanes despite zero evidence for this assertion.
But these roars from the sky are nothing new and have been occurring since long before there were aircraft to blame.
Legendary anomalist Charles Fort called them "skyquakes" and gives many examples of them in his books. Some famous (and recurring) booms are the Moodus Noises of Moodus, Connecticut. Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft even used them in his famous short story, the Dunwich Horror
Fort mentions one case in particular that resembles recent events in San Diego. In 1839, in Comrie, Scotland, a series of "quakes in the sky" were felt and heard by residents. Ultimately, on October 23, a massive boom was felt above Comrie and for many miles around. A witness noted: "The noises heard first seemed to be in the air, and the rumbling sound in the earth."
Other international examples include the Barisal Guns of Bangladesh and the Guns of Seneca, heard around Seneca Lake in New York State. In the Netherlands they are known as mistpoeffers. They are also sometimes called "fog guns."
Many explanations have been put forward to explain the noises but no current theory satisfies as an explanation. They seem to be linked to seismic activity but it is difficult to ascertain as the booms themselves could be causing the earth to shake. If shifting tectonic plates are to blame for the booming the mechanism has yet to be explained.
The Iroquois told early setttlers that they were the sound of the Great Spirit continuing his work shaping the earth. For now that will have to do.
HMMMMM...sea lions of SF? Something is abrewing!!!
Sounds like what happened in Indiana last year.
It was on the History Channel.
I rather think all booms are a bit strange.
Here in Maryland, we have this stuff we call “Thunder” that exactly fits the description provided.....
Michael Moore post burrito?
Obama’s economic boom is strange too.
Strange boom from the sky.
Meteors can also give a good “boom” if large enough- usually a double-boom akin to supersonic aircraft. One did exactly that over my area a few years ago. Luckily, folks also saw the trail in the sky - averting rumors about military aircraft.
The military always does supersonic flight over designated corridors, and we always log the times and locations of the flight - so as to have records when folks call. I did this all the time while on duty at Edwards AFB.
“In the Netherlands they are known as mistpoeffers.”
Nigel Powers (Michael Caine): “There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: People who are intollerant of other peoples’ cultures, and the Dutch.”
I’m just saying...
Could be the Aurora aircraft.
Or the Earth moaning over the weight of mankind’s sins.
Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
Just another Nigerian with a bomb in his underwear.
(Fruit of the Boom, of course.)
Explosive flying Jihadi underwear...
"...long before there were aircraft from Earth to blame."
There. Fixed it.
More Russian missile “tests?” Heh, heh, heh...
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