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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Mystery Booms Solved: it’s seimsmic pressure transfer.

Caption: Screen capture of Earthquake 3D global activity by Dutchsinse, November 25 2017.

Several times a week I enjoy watching an hour or so of Dutchsinse on my Kindle Fire HD8. Dutchsinse has an “earthquake 3D live seismic stream of 48 hours of global activity ░▒▓█”. The spinning global imagery is beautiful, the webmaster is a self-proclaimed earthquake “enthusiast” who enjoys prognosticating, I learn new and exciting things, and it is a pleasure to review the world in a geoseismic way. The website says, “Dutchsinse is one person, Michael Janitch, from St. Louis, Missouri, an independent scientist who has been researching/teaching topics related to geophysics. His studies are known to be controversial, and thought provoking.”

Today’s topics on Dutchsinse included a review of the loud booms people have been hearing around the world. Here in Illinois over recent years, I have heard several distant booms which seemed to come from deep within the Earth, were accompanied by no earthshaking, yet the sound briefly vibrated my very bones. Each boom sounded a little like a deep, heavy, massive piece of ice clinking with another. Apparently this is a puzzle to NASA, NOAA, Dutchsinse, me, and millions of other people around the world. Causes considered have been: problems with the water and sewer system (around the entire world?), elevated gas levels, local area blasting, mining, fracking, industrial business activities, military operations, weather modification exercises, sonic booms, meteoric events such as close encounters and/or explosions, planetary alignments, deep earthquakes, and a shrinking/expanding equator causing shifts of the Earth’s solid lithosphere over its molten core. Amusing, but something is causing the booms. To me the booms sounded and felt like the clicking of pieces of chert, which is a hard common rock consisting of very small quartz crystals. If you collected a handful of chert in Kansas or Missouri, which I have done because there I found chert which is a lovely mottled red color called jasper, the rocks would clink together with a distinctive sound and feel, which is a little like tapping a well-fired clay pot with a spoon. That is what the booms sound and feel like, but much louder and coming from deep within the Earth. People used to attribute these sorts of occurrences to the machinations of the gods, pixies having parties, aliens preparing to invade, or personal misperceptions. Dutchsinse suggests that the likely cause is seismic pressure transfers.

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