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Loud Thunder Sounds of distant thunder and loud explosions accompanied the earthquakes.
The earthquakes were preceded by the appearance of a great comet, which was visible around the globe for seventeen months, and was at its brightest during the earthquakes.
After further reading I found this highly interesting below.
The Great Comet of 1811, formally designated C/1811 F1, is a comet that was visible to the naked eye for around 260 days,
On December 2, Herschel noted the tail was "hardly 5 degrees long and of a very feeble light." He said the streams were both 3° 12' long. He added, "they joined more to the sides than the vertex, and had lost their former vivid appearance; their colour being changed into that of scattered light." On December 9, Herschel wrote that the tail length had changed little since the 2nd. He noted, "The branches were already so much scattered taht observations of them could no longer be made with any accuracy." On December 14, Herschel wrote that the tail "still remained as before, but the end of it was much fainter."
Originally posted by MamaJ
reply to post by rickymouse
There are accounts of hearing boom sounds before an earthquake but I have never read years or even months prior. Not saying it isn't possible, just have never read that in the accounts of the New Madrid EQ.
Again, I would love to see links. I've looked for them, to no avail.