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Originally posted by Red Cloak
There has been speculation recently that the loud boom sounds and vibrations being reported around the USA could be related to the New Madrid fault zone. So I decided to look at some of the accounts from the survivors of the 1811-1812 New Madrid series of earthquakes, which supposedly included 4 mega quakes, 3 major quakes, and thousands of minor quakes.
What I found is that several people wrote accounts of hearing what they described as loud booms that sounded like cannon blasts for up to 2-3 years (depending on the location) before the earthquakes happened. The descriptions talk about these loud booms often being accompanied by vibration and shaking sensations. The accounts describe these loud "cannon booms" as happening also right before the earthquakes happened.
They describe hearing the same loud booms they had been hearing for up to 3 years right before the big earthquakes hit. The only difference was that the sound booms right before the quakes hit were louder than the previous booms that had been happening for the previous 2-3 years.
There are such accounts from places like Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. So, it appears that the speculation by some that the loud boom noises that are being heard around the US might be related to the New Madrid fault zone, could indeed be correct.
reply to post by coppcar
Go to the USGS page as previously mentioned, then click the link below the heading, "New Madrid, Missouri". Then click on "Eye Witness Account". Read the first one by Eliza Bryan. Near the end of the account, there's a paragraph that reads: "There is one circumstance which I think worthy of remark. This country was formerly subject to very hard thunder; but for more than twelve months before the commencement of the earthquake there was none at all, and but very little since, a great part of which resembles subterraneous thunder. The shocks still continue, but are growing more light, and less frequent. -E.B"
Originally posted by stirling
Isnt there some booming that they call the Mowhawk guns or seneca guns that are heard back in north east US?
They have any relation to the New madrid?
Originally posted by MamaJ
Thats where I read and linked in my original post. The way it reads to me is thunder was absent.... none at all she says. I'm assuming the subterranean thunder she speaks of is from right before the quake and thereafter.
Tell me if I am wrong and just not reading it correctly. lol
I have read those accounts several times over the years and never thought once it was booming months or years prior.
New Madrid Compendium
Here you will find listings of over 600 references that are related to the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812.
These references include newspaper articles, scientific articles, folklore, maps, and eyewitness accounts, such as the one below:
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by MamaJ
After further reading I found this highly interesting below.
Not quite 17 months apparently.
The Great Comet of 1811, formally designated C/1811 F1, is a comet that was visible to the naked eye for around 260 days,
It was not brightest during the Earthquakes. In fact it was fading rapidly at that point.
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."
The comet's closest approach to Earth was in October and was at a distance of more than 1 AU.
edit on 3/24/2013 by Phage because: (no reason given)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department is asking people in the area to quit calling 911 about the loud booms they heard Monday night.
Agency dispatchers said they believe the loud blasts are coming from either Fort Knox or a rock quarry in the Zoneton area.
They said they have no other explanation for the consistent booms. There is no emergency.
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.