Sorry to interrupt this thread, but the ground is smoking, gas is pluming, and the New Madrid area is booming! The fire department is leaning toward seismic explanation!!
Trenton Fire Department
February 29 at 3:11pm · Trenton, MO, United States ·
There have been reports of loud, unexplained booming noises at night in the Trenton area, and a lot of people have questions.
To put it bluntly, we do not know what is causing them – and neither does anybody else.
This also does not appear to be a local phenomena- these sounds have been reported in different areas of the US for a while now.
There are a lot of theories; people often compare the sound to that of fireworks, there is a weather phenomena called a “cold boom” which can produce this type of noise, and the behavior of groundwater (or fracking fluid) in general can cause such noises, the shifting of tectonic plates can cause similar phenomena, and then of course there are many possible man-made causes, such as the “sonic boom” of aircraft traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 1.
These noises have not been localized enough for us in this area to pin point them, and the lack of seismographic monitoring equipment this far north in Missouri is a factor in buttoning down a geological origin. The distribution of reports in the US seems to roughly coincide with areas of known seismic activity, so a geological explanation seems likely.
Unexplained loud booms have been affecting residents around Grundy County for weeks, and the cause has yet to be determined.
“It’s weird because it’s unlike most booming noises you hear,” said Glen Briggs, the emergency management director of Grundy County. “If you hear a car crash or something like that, you can pretty well tell which direction it came from. When I heard it, I couldn’t identity which direction it came from. It resembled thunder, but there were no thunderstorms in the area.”
Trenton residents began reporting their experiences of these booms after they heard it for the first time Feb. 14. “I instantly made a post on our emergency management Facebook page and asked if anyone else heard it,” Briggs said. “We had close to 100 people comment saying they heard it. Several people said they felt it. They described a loud thud, rattling, some saw flashes of light and smoke.”
Trenton police arrived in a matter of minutes to the area where residents were affected, but didn’t find anything out of the ordinary. “No one lost power, so we quickly ruled out a transformer explosion,” Briggs said. “That particular one was heard as far as 5 to 7 miles away. Whatever it was, it was very loud, but we we’re never able to identify the source.”
Briggs has been working on the mystery ever since, creating a spreadsheet of the sounds’ potential origin, which falls into one of two categories. “There’s a handful of evidence that says this has to be man-made. And there’s a handful of evidence that says no, it’s got to be natural,” Briggs said. “But we don’t have enough evidence either way to say is this an earthquake, or is this someone blowing something up?”
River Disappears in Mexico
After hearing a large boom villagers in Ayotac an eastern mountainous area of Mexico noticed a river had disappeared. It provided freshwater to 10,000 people. A large crack and hole in the ground opened up and just swallowed it.
This is not the first time this type thing has happened Mexico either.