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Originally posted by lostinspace
There could be an unwanted frequency propagating in the air around the region.
How does the fact that all the affected types of clocks run on a 50Hz time base, taken directly from the mains power supply, and not on a crystal oscillator fit into your theory?
E c’è pure chi fa notare che da alcuni giorni sono in corso lavori al cavo elettrico sottomarino che arriva in Sicilia. La causa andrebbe dunque ricercata negli sbalzi di erogazione della corrente elettrica? «Ci avevo pensato anch’io – replica Francesco Nicosia - ma ho fatto verificare la linea elettrica di casa mia (230 Volt, con una frequenza di 49.89 Hz) e tutto sembra regolare. E poi se fosse così i guasti dovrebbero riguardare tutti gli elettrodomestici».
"Mount Etna eruption closes airports and knocks clocks 15 minutes fast"
"Bemused Sicilians, meanwhile, were quick to blame the volcano after thousands noticed that their clocks were running 15 minutes fast.
The fast forward time keeping has affected a wide spectrum of digital clocks and watches - from computers through to alarm clocks. It was spotted when large numbers of locals started turning up for work early, and a Facebook page was organised for those involved to compare notes.
As well as Etna's volcanic activity, users have so far blamed aliens, poltergeists, solar explosions and electrical disturbances caused by underwater cables."
"...according to Italian local newspapers, the mystery of "misbehaving clocks" has been "solved". As it turns out, Italian authorities where setting up a new undersea power cable, and consequently, the Hz frequency changed from 49-50 to 50-50.13, moving forward all the electric clocks after being hit by EM signal that supposedly affected the whole island."
"Mystery solved, or is it? There is one "slight" problem with the proposed explanation. According to our Italian representative, during the same period of time, battery driven clock at his work also moved backward 15-20 minutes. So something else appears to be at work here."