My inbox has been veritably flooded with so many different versions of this story, I don't know where to begin, other than to say thank you to all of you who drew it to my attention. The story has now rippled around the word from its point of origin - Madagascar - to the antipodes and back again more times than the seismic waves themselves. But this story is truly strange, and since we're into "strange stuff" on this website, as one might imagine, I have some of our trademark "high octane speculation" to offer, but first, here's one version of the story:
Now, ponder, for a moment, the utter strangeness of these paragraphs:
On November 11 at about 10:30pm (NZ time), a seismic event was detected in Wellington, Kenya, Spain, Chile, Canada and even Hawaii - on the direct opposite side of the world from where it began, just off the coast of Madagascar near the French island of Mayotte.
The problem is, there was no earthquake to trigger it. And though it was strong enough to be felt by seismometers around the world, no one felt a thing - and it likely would have gone unreported if it weren't for Wellington-based Twitter user @matarikipax.
One of the leading theories at this stage is the eruption of an undiscovered undersea volcano. The problem is, scientists believe the last time any volcano in the region erupted was more than 4000 years ago, and no evidence on the surface - such as pumice - has been seen, like what happened following a huge undersea eruption off the coast of New Zealand in 2012.
Not only was there no quake, the signal lasted for 20 minutes and was dominated by a single incredibly low frequency that repeated every 17 seconds. Quakes normally have a range of different waves of different frequencies.
A closer analysis of the wave data also revealed almost-undetectable high frequencies "pings" often heard when magma fractures rock on its way up - but there's a problem.
"They're too nice; they're too perfect to be [natural]," University of Glasgow volcanology PhD candidate Helen Robinson told National Geographic. "What baffles me is how evenly spaced out they were. I have no idea how to explain that."
The article continues by observing that the French are going with the volcano theory, and that they plan to survey the ocean floor in the region to see if there are any clues that the event might have been volcanic in nature. That, probably, is the most likely natural explanation.
But assuming it's not, and that geologist Helen Robinson's statement that the waves are "too perfect to be natural" is true, then one can imagine that this one has the geologists and geophysicists very worried, and quietly talking among themselves about it, and probably having a few "quiet meetings" with "higher ups" in their respective countries. I'm reminded of the movie Core in this respect. We'll get back to that in a moment too.
It's the anomalous nature of this event that has geologists puzzled, for it has (1) cyclic regularity, that is to say, frequency; (2) the seismic waves themselves are, in one geologist's words, "too perfect to be natural"; (3) there was no apparent volcanic or earthquake event to trigger the waves; (4) the event was not accompanied by other frequencies like normal earthquakes are, and (5) it was massive, causing the entire planet to "ring like a bell", yet, no one felt it. That's the claim, anyway, but I can't help but think the recent earthquakes in Anchorage and, for that matter, the weak one south of Buenos Aires might have been some sort of "after shocks" to the event. To add to the mystery, as of this writing, when I clicked on the image of the event in the article captured on someone's Twitter, it took me to a US Geological Survey site in Kenya, and the message appeared in very large, bold letters: Data Not Available.
Needless to say all this not only has my Suspicion Meter in the red zone, but my High Octane Speculation working in overdrive. I can't help but think of those stories of Nicola Tesla, stating that he could crack the planet in half given the right resonance, or those stories of him building an "earthquake machine" which according to some reports he actually tested in New York City, causing severe tremors until the police arrived to shut his experiment down. There are even books on the unusual device and patent he took out for his machine; I know, I have a copy. So, High Octane Speculation number one: was "someone" experimenting with a larger version of Tesla's device? It would seem unlikely, since the "event" started somewhere beneath the Indian Ocean floor near Madagascar, unless of course we're dealing with some advanced version of Mac Tonnes' "crypto-terrestrials"! Another unlikelihood.
Which brings me to the previously mentioned movie Core, starring Aaron Eckhart and Stanley Tucci. The movie is one of those "head scratchers" and "belly upsetters". It begins with birds going berserk(shades of Hitchcock's famous movie) in London's Trafalgar Square , and then dropping utterly dead, along with people all over the world who had pacemakers.The anomalous event also causes the directional guidance systems on an orbiting US space shuttle to go haywire, and the shuttle crew has to land it in the emergency drainage canals of the Los Angeles River. Scientists (played by Eckhart and Tucci) are quickly called in to the Pentagon, where their best guess is that the event was an anomalous magnetic event, caused by the Earth's internal dynamo in the core slowing down its rotation. As the rotation slows, the magnetic field weakens, and the Earth will be subsequently cooked by the solar radiation streaming from the Sun as well as experiencing a variety of nasty "seismic events". In a Jules Verne-like twist, the scientists journey to the center of the Earth with several hydrogen bombs in tow, which they detonate in the molten core to "restart the rotation," and voila, the planet is saved.
But as the movie unfolds, there is a "sub-plot" which gradually is exposed. The DMGS (Director of Mad Government Scientists, played by Stanley Tucci) has clearly been "up to something", namely, building a gigantic machine - a weapon - that uses magnetic resonance effects for its "kick." And just for real kicks and giggles, this "giant machine" just happens to have been built in Alaska, to add that extra "ionospheric heater/HAARP" angle to the plot. In using the machine, the CMGS (Committee of Mad Government Scientists) have inadvertently created resonance effects in the Earth's complex eco-magnetic system, and created the slowing rotation themselves.
All of which has me wondering if we might be looking at such an event here. I've been arguing/speculating for a number of years, both in blogs on this site and in various interviews, if the large magnetic fields generated by CERN's large hadron collider, and the ionospheric heaters like HAARP and EISCAT, might be inducing (hopefully) unanticipated magnetic resonance effects in the planet (I say hopefully "unanticipated" resonance effects, because the alternative is just too "head scratching" and "belly upsetting" to contemplate). There is indeed a body of literature circulating in the alternative research field that suggests ionospheric heaters could be used to induce earthquakes (such literature coming, incidentally, largely out of Brazil), through such manipulations of the magnetosphere, so by parity of reasoning, one might expect the same effects from the collider, induced in the Earth itself. I don't know what to make of that earthquake-ionospheric heater literature, except to say that I find it to be somewhat farfetched. But interestingly enough, we've recently been given the news that CERN is shutting down its collider for a couple of years for "updates": The Large Hadron Collider is shutting down for 2 years.
The "update" is making the collider capable of even higher energies.
Of course, this is all high octane speculation. It's possible this is "just an anomaly" and that the French are correct that it is some sort of weird volcanism going on off the coast of Madagascar. But there's that one percent of me that thinks - or rather, intuits - that this strange event might just be related to my "resonance" hypothesis about CERN's collider, and by implication, the powerful ionospheric heaters.
See you on the flip side...