Hello ATS, I am bringing this news to you after reading this in today's edition of the local newspaper, which is names 'The Daily Times' and covers
local news that effects the region of East Tennessee and more specifically Blount County, TN (where it is based), Sevier County, TN - Loudon County,
TN and Knox County, TN.
It may not seem important to you guys out there who know that Earthquakes occur regularly and experiencing 4 earthquakes within a week is by no means
a groundbreaking series of events. I do believe it may be more important than lead to believe by initial impressions.
Some of you may recall a recent thread I authored, about strange noises being heard locally here and strong enough to make the house tremble at times.
The sound was one of a very 'Low Pass' frequency range, similar to what a subwoofer can deliver, and continued for 30-45mins, frequently changing
intensity levels from faint to easily discernable.
The discussion that ensued, after that thread opened, lead to a suggestion that a possible earthquake may have been the culprit responsible for the
strange audible event. I considered it a possibility, although I couldn't reconcile how an earthquake could produce a phenomena that would last the
better part of an hour and change in intensity.
I can't readily remember if I searched for recent earthquake activity in the area or if someone else posted the recorded earthquake information, but
an earthquake was recorded and shown to have taken place within several minutes, +/-, of the time I was awoken by the strange event.
The earthquake was positioned just 3-4 miles from my house and was easily in range to be considered an element of the phenomena.
What is more strange is the area where I live. I am located in the 'foothills' of 'The Great Smoky Mountains National Park', a region that is not
particularly known for the earthquakes or other extremely severe natural events. While small earthquakes are recorded here on a regular basis, as
they are in most other areas of Earth, none of them are strong and rarely pack enough punch to produce movement that can be detected by people in the
I also authored another thread, several months before the thread I mentioned above, that reported a similar audible phenomena event was experienced.
I remembered authoring that thread, but I didn't realize how similar the descriptions of each events were portrayed. Looking back, I was able to find
a similar size earthquake occurring at relatively the same time.
The recent earthquakes this thread will be addressing were not preceded by any audible phenomena - the 'low-pass' frequency sounds that seem to come
from the sky, without a definitive source.
If there is a connection between the two, assuming there was no strange sounds prior to the earthquakes, then the sounds must occur at some point
This may not be accurate, as the previous sounds I experienced seemed to occur within minutes before or after a recorded earthquake. Either there
really is no connection or there is another explanation that can account for this discrepancy.
I suppose it's possible that the earthquakes that match the timeline of the 'noise' events could be coincidental and the earthquakes that do play a
role in the sounds could take place hours, days, or weeks before the sound phenomena is heard.
If you are near this area, or know someone who is, we should closely watch the local environment in the coming days, in an attempt to detect a
’strange sound’ event that could relate to these quakes. I will end this part of the thread, to avoid deviating further from it’s original
purpose, finding what the heightened activity could mean for this region and possibly this continent and beyond.
The article, in today’s ‘The Daily Times’ newspaper, is available online and clicking here will send you
, but you must pay for a membership to access the entire article. To save you 1$ and several minutes, I will quote portions of the article
in this thread, as it appears in print:
Four earthquakes within a week recorded in East Tennessee
Area has four small quakes within a week
East Tennessee has experienced four small earthquakes in the past week, according to the USGS.
The USGS notes that on May, 26 there was a magnitude 1.8 near Tellico Plains; magnitude 2.4 near Dayton, May 29; magnitude 1.4 near Dayton, May, 30;
and one magnitude 1.8 near Tellico Plains, May, 31. There was also a magnitude 1.7 near Franklin, North Carolina on May, 31, but that one, while
nearby, is considered outside the East Tennessee seismic zone.
The depth of the quakes varied from 14.mile to 1.2 miles below the surface. So far, no damage has yet been reported from these quakes. However, there
is concern that this region hasn’t yet seen “The big one” .
Active Seismic Zone
Robert Hatcher, University of Tennessee’s Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said “East Tennessee’s zone is the second most active seismic
zone in the Eastern U.S., behind the ‘New Madrid’ fault, but we have yet to have an earthquake in historical times over a 4.8, so this area gets
little attention regarding potential for large earthquakes”
Hatcher adds, “The USGS rates these areas as potentially capable of producing 7.5 earthquakes…. There have been pre-historic faults found that
were produced by at least 6.0-7.0 earthquakes, but we have not been able to delimit their occurrence interval”
The article seems to imply that not a lot is known for the region and it’s potential to produce large quakes, but it is obvious that potential for
destruction, resulting from a large quake, is a very real threat.
The recent jump in activity being reported around here is not ordinary, rarely are real concerns voiced by the people who live here. The last I
recall was back when the guy predicted a massive earthquake and the media ran with it. They had us hiding under desks in school, as part of safety
drills, preparing for the ‘big one’ that never came.
Are the reports of activity a warning sign that should be taken seriously, in context with all the other seismic event happening around the world
recently? There does seem to be more reports from areas that do not normally suffer from such seismic activity.
All of this activity seems to be escalating as well, new reports coming from many different regions are adding up and could carry the possibility
that they are blatant signs, warning that one - or a series - of the most violent quakes ever unleashed on this planet could be preparing to introduce
itself to the world.
I pray it’s not going to happen. I hope everyone does everything they can to prepare, stay safe, and make others aware of the potential for such an
event in the near future. If nothing else, I hope these warnings and realizations that such an event is possible will give everyone the motivation to
live everyday to it’s fullest and take advantage of the love you receive, while giving your love back to those who deserve it.