An unexplained sky boom occurred in the Puna area of Hawaii on the morning of February 22nd. The below video features interviews with many local witnesses. Pay no attention to the title of this reuploaded video as it is not the “sound of the Apocalypse”. (I’ll see you in 2013.) Sigh… do read on.
“We heard a big boom. The biggest boom I ever heard and it came from the Kahaualea direction. The biggest boom I ever heard and it was worse than putting dynamite in a cesspool,” said resident named “Pirate”.
“I heard a big explosion and the windows rattled here, and then I thought uh oh another earthquake but then nothing else happened after that,” said another resident.
They heard the explosion and the ground also shook, and yet the Hawaii County Civil Defense says the incident cannot be explained. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has offered no explanation. Police and fire department did an investigation and found no source. The original news article is here.
This seems very similar to the recent booms being attributed to fireballs (meteors). These fireballs have been causing loud sonic booms recently, however, there are no reports of meteors that I can find. A reader comment from the news article says:
There was no way in hell that was a sonic boom! I thought it was an Earthquake at first then after a while realized that the sound was much too loud and the vibration from the Explosion was way different then a normal earthquake.
I found and article at USGS here that mostly talks about the great volcanic explosion of Krakatau in 1883. The sound was so loud it could be heard 3000 miles away! Doesn’t this make the earth seem tiny? According to the article, volcanic explosions don’t normally happen in Hawaii because the lava is a type that allows the release of volcanic gases. So this probably rules out a volcano. Or does it?
I noticed Mr. Pirate says the explosion came from the direction of Kahaualea Forest Reserve. This is also the direction of a currently erupting volcano known as Puu Oo Volcano which is nearby. It’s been erupting since 1983.
What I can’t understand is that no one, including the interviewed residents, seems to be mentioning any connection between the volcano and this sound. It would imply this boom really isn’t normal and hasn’t been heard before. I can’t imagine it’s not somehow related, especially in a region with frequent earthquakes.
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Blogger Dutchsense just produced this video below pointing out recent earthquake swarms around this region. He pointed out noticeable swarms last year which was soon followed by the collapse of the Puu Oo Volcano.
With all the booms being heard recently, which is it going to be? Are they booms related to earthquakes like in Ohio here, or meteors like in Texas here. They’re both described as experienced in the same way.
The Earth and sky seem to be noisy these days, whatever the cause.
Many thanks for this link to reader AndreaG.