Thursday, May 12, 2011

MYSTERY: Symbol of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena? Mysterious Boom/Meteor Over Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore?!

According to several news reports, a loud boom rattled Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of the United States, but the source is still a mystery. Media outlets report that the mystery boom occurred Tuesday night. It was reported in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk. Some residents reported that the disturbance shook their homes. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) reports show no seismic activity at the time. What was it? A meteor, a UFO, a sonic boom, or ...?
Virginia Beach is a city full of sound. Waves crash at the Oceanfront and fighter jets scream overhead. However, a boom Tuesday night caught hundreds of normally unfazed residents from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore completely off-guard.  "It shook my house," said one man. "It almost felt like an earthquake and then I had to think about it. We're in Virginia Beach we don't get earthquakes," said Pam Trotter. 10 On Your Side called the military, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Energy. Turns out the answer may be found out of this world. "It's most consistent with a meteor coming into the Earth's atmosphere and creating a large sonic boom," said NASA scientist Dr. Joe Zawodny. Dr. Zawodny said sonic booms are not uncommon. Two years ago, hundreds of people across the region heard a similar boom most likely caused by a meteor. This just happens to be a popular time of year for them said Dr. Zawodny. "We're on the tail end of a meteor shower here which peaked last week. It could be associated with that," he said. - WAVY.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 22 Earthquakes Strikes Italy!

Although a mega-earthquake didn't hit or destroy Rome, as predicted in 1915, by the seismologist Raffaele Bendandi; 22 earthquakes rattled Italy during yesterday causing widespread panic and fears that a major quake is imminent.

There have been 22 earthquakes in Italy and the day's only half over. But none of them have been the devastating temblor predicted in an urban legend to strike Rome on Wednesday. Seismologists at the National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology are spending the day trying to debunk the myth that a major earthquake is due to hit the Eternal City. They say there's no way to predict a quake and that 22 quakes by noon is perfectly normal for highly seismic Italy. Despite the extraordinary lengths Italian officials are going to calm nerves, some Romans aren't taking any chances. An agricultural farm lobby says a survey of farm-hotels around the capital indicate some Romans are leaving town for the day. Italian officials are going to extraordinary lengths to try to debunk an urban legend predicting a devastating earthquake in Rome on Wednesday. The country's Civil Protection department has posted a dense information packet on its website stressing that quakes can't be predicted and that Rome isn't particularly at risk. Toll-free numbers have been set aside at city hall to field questions. The national geophysics institute will open its doors to the public Wednesday to inform the curious and the concerned about seismology. The effort is all designed to debunk a purported prediction of a major Roman quake on May 11, 2011, attributed to self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979. The only problem is Bendandi never made the prediction, says Paola Lagorio, president of the association in charge of Bendandi's documentation. Lagorio insists that there is no evidence in Bendandi's papers of any such precise a prediction and blames unidentified forces who want to "frighten people and create this situation of panic that is attributed to a prediction Bendandi never made." Despite her denials and the concerted effort by seismologists to calm nerves, some Romans are taking precautionary measures. Italian agriculture lobby Coldiretti reported Tuesday that a survey of farm-hotels around the capital indicate many Romans are leaving town for the day. "One cannot speak of an exodus, but there are cases of entire families that have decided to leave the city for the country," Coldiretti said in a statement. Officials have blamed the media and viral rumor-mongering on the Internet for fueling fears. On Tuesday, the Rome daily La Repubblica headlined its Rome section "Holiday and exodus, earthquake psychosis," reporting both official denials of a quake alongside predictions that many offices would be empty Wednesday. Consumer group Codacons lodged a formal complaint with Rome prosecutors on Tuesday denouncing media outlets that added to the alarm. That said, there likely will be an earthquake Wednesday: On average, there are 30 earthquakes registered every day in Italy, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology. Rome, however, has only a moderate seismic risk compared to more volatile regions in the Apennine mountains. The last major quake in the region was the 6.3-magnitude temblor that struck the central Italian city of L'Aquila and its surroundings on April 6, 2009. More than 300 people were killed in the quake zone. The temblor was felt in Rome, 120 kilometers (75 miles) away, but caused no damage in the capital. - CBS News.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 2 Quakes Hit Spain, 10 Killed And Damages?! UPDATE: Death Toll Increases As Video Show Images of Destruction!

As thousands of Italians take the day off and vacate Rome, following a 1915 prediction by seismologist Raffaele Bendandi that a mega-quake would hit Italy's capital today; two earthquakes hit the southern regions of Spain today, killing seven people and damage to buildings in Lorca, Murcia.

Two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession today, killing at least seven people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said. The epicentre of the quakes - with magnitudes of 4.4 and 5.2 - was close to the town of Lorca, and the second came about two hours after the first, an official with the Murcia regional government said on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. The prime minister's office put the death toll at seven but did not say how many people were injured, although news reports said there were many. The Murcia regional government said a hospital in Lorca was being evacuated, dozens of injured people were being treated at the scene and a field hospital was being set up. It said the seven deaths included a minor and occurred with the second, stronger quake. Large chunks of stone and brick fell from the facade of a church in Lorca as Spanish state TV was broadcasting live from the scene. A large church bell was also among the rubble. The broadcaster reported that schoolchildren usually gather at that spot around that time, and if it had happened 10 minutes later, a 'tragedy' could have occurred. Nervous groups of residents gathered in open public places, talking about what happened and calling relatives and friends on their cell phones. Spanish TV showed images of cars that were partially crushed by falling rubble, and large cracks in buildings. 'I felt a tremendously strong movement, followed by a lot of noise, and I was really frightened,' the newspaper El Pais quoted Lorca resident Juani Avellanada as saying. It did not give her age. Another resident, Juana Ruiz, said her house split open with the quake and 'all the furniture fell over,' according to El Pais. John Bellini, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Centre in Golden, Colorado, said the larger earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and struck 220 miles south-southeast of Madrid at about 6:47pm local time. The quake was about 6 miles deep, and was preceded by the smaller one, Mr Bellini said. He classified the bigger quake as moderate and said it could cause structural damage to older buildings and masonry. The quakes occurred in a seismically active area near a large fault beneath the Mediterranean Sea where the European and African continents brush past each other, USGS seismologist Julie Dutton said. The USGS said it has recorded hundreds of small quakes in the area since 1990. Lorca, which has a population of about 90,000 people, dates back to the Bronze Age and probably gained its name from the Romans. The old part of the town is made up of a network of narrow alleyways. The quakes were reportedly felt across Murcia, with tremors registered in Cartagena, Aguilas and as far away as Albacete. In 2005, more than 900 homes in Lorca were wrecked by an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale. - Daily Mail.

UPDATE: Death Toll From Earthquake Increased To 10 Persons!

The following presentation, courtesy of the Associated Press, showcases raw video of the damage done by the two earthquakes. Officials are now saying that the death toll has increased from 7 persons to 10 with dozens injured and major damage to buildings. This is the highest quake-related death toll in Spain in more than 50 years.

UPDATE: Residents Sleep On The Streets After Earthquake!

Residents of Lorca slept on the streets during the night, after the 5.3 magnitude tremor jolted the tourist town, killing ten persons, injuring hundreds and badly damaging its ancient church. Ambulances rushed to help people, many of the dead were crushed in cars or by falling debris. The whole of the centre of the town was affected. Shocked residents and workers rushed out of buildings and gathered in squares, parks and open spaces.