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MCCALL, Idaho -- You could call it a mystery earthquake, a sonic boom, or maybe nothing at all.
Several witnesses report waking up to what they say was a small earthquake south of McCall early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. However, those shaky claims have employees at Idaho's U.S. Geological Survey scratching their heads in disbelief.
Research geophysicist Joan Gomberg works for the USGS at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gomberg says her seismic records do, in fact, show "something that could be a small earthquake," recorded at 4:42 a.m. MDT in the McCall area.
As to why some scientists and USGS employees can't readily see this one, Gomberg offered an interesting explanation. "This area is at the edge of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and where the monitoring network begins to get sparser, so small earthquakes are more likely to be missed," Gomberg said. Gomberg also reminds folks that sometimes a sonic boom from a nearby jet can feel like earthquake, along with large mining equipment, and road work.
Originally posted by pasiphae
weird. another mysterious boom and shake.
your link is broken. can you fix it??
A 43-year-old woman in California suffered third-degree burns last Saturday after two rocks she'd collected at the beach SPONTANEOUSLY EXPLODED while she was standing in her kitchen, causing her shorts to catch fire. (The rocks were in her pocket). The Orange County Register reports that the woman tried to stop, drop, and roll (good thinking – good for her) to put out the flames. It didn't help (wait, does that not work?).
The rocks, described as small, the size of a hamburger patty, smooth and orange and green in color, fell from the shorts onto the floor and continued to burn the wood floorand fill the house with smoke.
The rocks, which are clearly either alien lifeforms or were forged in the Mines of Moria, are currently being tested by the Orange County Public Health department to determine why they exploded out of nowhere. Captain Stone thinks the culprit might be phosphorous. "There is phosphorous that naturally occurs on the sand at the beach, but no one has ever heard of pants catching fire."