Sunday and Monday night in the small town of Clintonville, about 140 miles northwest of Milwaukee, BOOMs have been shaking awake startled residents, many of them thinking that they were being jolted by earthquakes. Investigations have ruled out everything so far as the town of 4,200 is asking for any experts who may have a theory to contact them.
“My house shook and it was just like a shock,” the 71-year-old said. “I got out of bed and was like `Wow.’ I thought one of my trees fell onto the house.”
“There’s no warning, it’s just `bam,'” Kuss said [city Administrator]. “I would describe it as startling, an adrenalin rush. … Your heart is instantaneously kind of racing because you are not expecting it.”
The noises – described as rumbles of thunder, sonic booms or fireworks
The sounds started back up Monday night across a wider area and continued until about 5 a.m. Tuesday
Source: Associated Press
Then, during Tuesday, a large magnitude 7.4 earthquake rips through southwest Mexico, about 170 miles south of Mexico City.
We don’t know everything. We never will know everything. Who’s to say that the Earth stress that was leading up to this large earthquake was (is) somehow connected to the booms heard in Wisconsin? It seems far fetched, perhaps, but not beyond mention.
Things on this planet are intricately connected and these connections may span great distances. Picture an egg shell as the Earth (apart from its oblong shape). What happens when things appear just fine along the surface until enough stress builds to crack the shell? The tear can spread all the way around, yes? Things are connected. Same as the ground beneath our feet. The well known and identified faults that criss-cross the planet are not all there is.
While this mystery in Wisconsin may or may not ultimately be explained, it serves to remind us that great and powerful things can occur beneath our feet – forces are at play that we cannot control (except by HAARP anyone?). I enjoy discovering the mystery of our planet, but at the same time it teaches me how we are vulnerable, which in turn feeds my desire to be prepared.
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The USGS is indicating that the mysterious booms are due to an earthquake of magnitude 1.5. However, having formerly lived in an active seismic zone of California for 15 years, I can tell you that you cannot feel a magnitude 1.5 earthquake. Not only that, but an earthquake is just that, an earthquake… boom, done. An earthquake is not a series of booms over days and days (that would be a series of earthquakes, or an earthquake swarm). I do believe there is more to this still.
A 39-story building in Seoul, South Korea was evacuated today when it reportedly began shaking and shuddering at 10:10 AM. The tremor was said to last for a total of 10 minutes. Roughly 3,000 people were in the building when the shaking started at the ‘Techno Mart‘, a skyscraper mostly containing 1,200 electronic discount retailers, a shopping center, and a multiplex movie theatre on the 10th floor.
There were no recorded earthquakes in the area and other neighboring buildings were apparently not affected. The shaking remains a mystery. There are several theories floating around including potential structural issues of vertical support beams, a gas explosion, or even the 12th floor sports center who had been playing loud music. Some also blame the movie theatre for the building shaking.
Having actually been inside this particular building and cinema during a previous career business trip, and having a professional knowledge in audio, the incident has captured my interest. Although not impossible, it is very highly unlikely that the cinema loudspeakers and subwoofers could have actually caused the entire 39-story skyscraper building to shake to the degree of panic and evacuation.
Having said that however, there IS an acoustic phenomenon, or vibration, that certainly could begin to shake a structure or mass, and at the extreme – could even shake a structure apart. That phenomenon is called ‘resonance’. In addition, it wouldn’t necessarily take a tremendous amount of energy to shake something to the point of resonance. Although high power or brute force will definitely assist the process, to achieve resonance could also be as simple as applying the proper frequency with just enough energy in such a fashion to add upon itself, or magnify itself in tandem with the properties or the mass, until the mass of the object itself has achieved a resonance.
The movie theatre at the Techno Mart would have been producing varying frequencies, more-or-less, and any rhythmic or resonant-inducing patterns would certainly be short lived within any given movie soundtrack so as not to induce a building debilitating resonance (haven’t heard of any movie multiplexes recently crumbling to the ground due to a new movie release with a VLF structure-crumbling subwoofer track…).
The situation does remind me of an episode of ‘Mythbusters’ that I saw some time ago where they actually were able to get a very large old suspension bridge to vibrate and resonate (to the point of being concerned, and shut it down) with a simple electronic linear motor which was tunable to .01 hertz increments (while attempting to mimic Tesla’s ‘earthquake machine’). The bridge was the original Carquinez bridge in the San Francisco bay area that was about to be torn down (and since has been).
The Mythbuster design was fashioned after the ‘Tesla Oscillator’ (or ‘earthquake machine’), a mechanical oscillator generator featuring a central rod, motor, and air cushion. The principle is that the speed of the vibration of the rod could be manipulated and with proper tuning, it could destroy anything.
Nikola Tesla actually patented the oscillator (US Patent# 514169) and claimed that such a device could destroy the Empire State Building with just 5 pounds of air pressure.
The destructive powers of mechanical resonance are well-known, with perhaps one of the most famous events being the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse in Washington state during 1940.
A poorly designed building could be susceptible to damaging resonance, which could even be induced by winds. The TechnoMart building however has been up since 1998 with no apparent previous incident. However it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities that something may have given way regarding the support of the building itself. If this is actually the case, the building is likely in imminent danger of collapse.
On the other hand, I’ve witnessed (on a small scale) the destruction that can occur due to out-of-control resonance, and sometimes wonder what kind of secret weapons have been designed around such theories (or are being designed)…
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During 1-Jan-2011, thousands of birds (mostly blackbirds) mysteriously fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas.
Theories abound as to what may have caused the death of these birds, ranging from secret government Scalar weapons testing, to New Years fireworks, to Lightning.
Local reporting indicates that there had been no lightning in the area for at least 10 hours.
Why would Beebe birds suddenly have a fireworks aversion on New Years Eve, 2011, while not having problems during 4th of July celebrations or any other previous year celebrations.
No doubt the government has top secret weapons in Research and Development and I suppose it is likely they have, or are, experimenting with electromagnetic scalar technology, but in Beebe, Arkansas?
A more plausible theory may have originated from a location 50 miles to the south, the Pine Bluff Arsenal Chemical Agent Disposal Site.
The facility was established in November 1941 as the Chemical Warfare Arsenal where the U.S. Army stored approximately twelve percent of its original mustard nerve agent chemical weapons.
Disposal of the chemical weapons apparently began during 2005 and was completed during November of 2010, however “closure operations” and “toxic waste disposal” will continue for two more years.
Could it be possible that a toxic agent was accidentally released into a prevailing surface wind which coincidentally mixed with a flock of blackbirds miles away in the town of Beebe?
It seems possible, but is only one theory out of many that are floating around cyberspace today…
There is quite a contrast in this image, showing this worker in a hazard suit, picking up dead birds, while people on the front porch look on.
Adding to the mystery, shortly afterward approximately 500 Starlings and Blackbirds fell from the sky in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, some 300 miles to the south. In addition, nearly the same time as the Beebe bird kill, approximately 100,000 Menhaden, Croaker, and Spot fish were found washed up and dead in a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas River.
Hundreds more birds found dead in Wilson County Tennessee (Lebanon), 325 miles to the east-northeast of the Arkansas bird kill.
Hundreds of dead grackles in Wilson County, TN
More dead birds in Davidson County Tennessee (Nashville), some 290 miles east-northeast.
Swarms of Dead Birds found in Tennessee
Dead birds in Clarksville, Tennessee, 270 miles to the northeast.
Dead birds litter Clarksville neighborhood
240 miles northeast of Bebee, Arkansas, more birds were found dead in Gilbertsville, Kentucky.
Dead birds in Gilbertsville, KY
Hundreds of thousands of small fish turn up dead in Chesapeake Bay. Some reports are blaming the giant fish kill on cold temperatures.
Giant Fish Kill in Chesapeake Bay
Birds are also falling from the sky Internationally, as these 1,000 doves in Italy.
1,000 Doves fall from the sky in Italy
In the town of Falkoping, Sweden, dead birds have fallen from the sky, perhaps hundreds. One resident said that as he drove home late on Tuesday night the street in front of him was dotted with “hundreds of dead birds”.
Mysterious Bird Deaths Hit Sweden
Now there appears to be a mysterious fish kill in Brazil where 100 tons of dead fish are washing up on the shores of Paranagua.
Mysterious fish kill in Brazil
It’s not just birds and fish, now it’s crabs dieing in the UK – although blamed on cold – freezing to death.
40,000 Dead Crabs in England – freezing to death
8,000 Italian turtle dove birds that have fallen from the sky in droves, experts blame on “indigestion”.
Indigestion blamed for 8,000 turtle dove deaths in Italy
Thousands of dead fish reported on Lake Michigan, Chicago shore-front. Initial speculation for cause of death – cold weather. Local fisherman says “not normal”.
Major, Bizarre Fish Die-Off Along Lakefront
Hundreds of dead pigeons fall from the sky in Los Angeles on to Sunset Boulevard.
Dead Birds Fall from the Sky on LA’s Sunset Blvd
200 Cows drop dead in Wisconsin. Preliminary reports blame some kind of respiratory virus. ‘Officials’ say there is no threat to humans, although a local veterinarian could not be reached for comment.
200 Steers Die in Portage County Wisconsin
200 dead birds drop dead in downtown Yankton, South Dakota. The local animal control officer said that she has never witnessed anything like what she did Monday. She called the scene “creepy” but said she thinks the bird deaths are just “a fluke thing.”
Hundreds of adult and young seals have died in the area between Hopedale and Makkovik in Labrador. Some blame it on lack of sea ice, however checking the U.S. Navy sea ice map, looks like it’s all ice up there at this time.
Hundreds of dead seals in Labrador
A U.S. government document reveals nearly 4 Million bird kills by the USDA APHIS WS during 2009.
U.S. Government Bird Kill
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