Skyquakes have been a fairly well known phenomenon for quite some time. In fact the all famous Lewis and Clark expedition was witness to such an Earthly oddity on July 4, 1808 while exploring the Rocky Mountains.
Skyquakes are quite similar to Earthquakes except they seem to come out of no where and sound much like muffled thunder or have even been described as cannon fire. Most skyquake witnesses report that it’s most definitely not an earthquake, but seems to come out of the sky.
Skyquakes and the Lewis and Clark Experience
The Lewis and Clark expedition made a record of hearing these bizarre skyquakes in their journal, let’s take a look at some of that entry.
Since our arrival at the Falls we have repeatedly heard a strange noise coming from the mountains in a direction a little to the north of west. It is heard at different periods of the day and night, sometimes when the air is perfectly still and without a cloud, and consists of one stroke only, or five or six discharges in quick succession. It is loud, and resembles precisely the sound of a six pound piece of ordnance at the distance of three miles.
Is it possible they were actually hearing blasting or miners searching for gold and silver? During that time such things were quite common as the new world was being envisioned. Or was this some other phenomena that was not fully understood by science.
The Origin of Skyquakes
Many people have attributed these skyquakes to be of an alien origin. Some writers speculate these bizarre sounds are linked to UFOs or parallel universes. The most popular experiences to skyquakes are the Barisal Guns of India and the Moodus Noises of Connecticut. Although these skyquakes have been noted all over the world and by totally unrelated sources.
There has always been much confusion as to the source of these skyquakes or from what source they originate. Seemingly coming from the air. But science seems to suggest these are by products of earthquakes and seismic activity, saying the sounds are emanating from underground. Basically an echo from activity that started underground.
Although scientists speculate these skyquakes are related to earthquakes, they can not explain why the noises are heard in some places and not others. A while back we discussed Strange Phenomenons of Fire and Light where we covered a section on ball lightning, could these two be related in some way?
The Weston Observatory of Boston College has been monitoring earthquakes since 1981 and has collected a large amount of data on this unusual phenomenon. Hopefully one day soon we will discover the true origin of the skyquakes and what is causing them.
But until that time comes, skyquakes will remain a mystery of the unexplained.
Have you ever witnessed loud booms coming from the sky and believe you’ve witnessed a skyquake? Tell us your story in the comments below.