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Thanks for a really great thread. I really learned a lot for the comments, especially your research and the professors.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by burntheships
I can buy the part of the official story that says they could have been spooked by fireworks... just not that that alone could cause them to suffer the deaths they suffered. They flew into something based on what I can find out so far... just what they flew into (and why) is the question.
The U.S. Geological Service's website listed about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12.
...is there any observational evidence that magnetic anomalies may be a prelude to actual tectonic movement or stress?
...during the last stages of earthquake formation, fractures emit electromagnetic waves with increasing frequency able to penetrate into the ionosphere and magnetosphere, ...
CHANGES IN GEOLOGICAL FAULTS ASSOCIATED WITH EARTHQUAKES DETECTED BY THE LINEAMENT ANALYSIS OF THE ASTER (TERRA) SATELLITE DATA.
The reason I am thinking it may be weather related is because there has been some odd weather this season particularly
CONCLUSION: Remember, red-winged blackbirds have poor eyesight. They don't fly at night. If the birds were startled by loud noises, such as celebratory New Years Eve fireworks in Beebe, they would have left their earthly roost to take flight. What if some of the birds became disoriented from stress and darkness and actually flew straight up, high in the sky as our turbulence image suggests? Those birds may have literally "passed out" due to lower oxygen levels and then fell to the ground. Just after this spectrum width image appeared on radar, residents began seeing birds fall from the sky. Hmmm...
The first radar image here shows the mysterious circular echo developing at 10:26pm, December 31st right over Beebe. Note the brighter colors in the center of the echo. That's a large concentration of...something...rising into the air. A few scans later, the echo fades, only to appear again just after midnight in the same spot.
Was it birds? No large fires were reported in Beebe from 9pm through 1am that night. So we can rule out the smoke theory. The fireworks theory may have spooked the birds, but fireworks would be too small to show up on radar. Besides, there were not 4 separate fireworks shows in the same location lasting 20 minutes each in Beebe, Arkansas on New Years Eve.
Now for the fun part... methane is released typically during a volcanic event, which can be either a precursor or a result of tectonic shifts. There is a good deal of 'fracking' going on in the area to extract natural gas (which is about 75% methane) and also a continuous swarm of minor earthquakes, assumed to be related to the fracking process. Whether this methane release could be a forerunner of a major shift or is the result of the earthquakes already experienced, I do not know.