In August of 2011 and January of 2012, callers to 911 reported tornado-like sounds coming from the sky. Others heard noises like a jet passing overhead that lasted 20 to 30 minutes. People in Costa Rica reported sounds of metallic bangs while citizens of Northern Ireland likened the noise to a high-pitched train whistle. The phenomenon best represented the sounds of trumpets or mariners’ horns in several cities in Canada.
Is it the end of days? Many sensationalists, activists and opportunists would have you think so. People from around the world have posted videos online of the strange sounds coming from the sky. Scientists theorize that the sounds are the product of magnetic energy within the earth’s core, or more likely solar activity such as the flares that cross the path of the earth. But without hard evidence, everyone is entitled to an opinion.
Listen to this compilation of videos and see what you think. Share your theories in the comments below.
Dr. Elchin Khalilov, a renowned geophysicist, explains, “We have analyzed records of these sounds and found that most of their spectrum lies within the infrasound range, i.e. is not audible to humans. What people hear is only a small fraction of the actual power of these sounds. They are low-frequency acoustic emissions. In geophysics, they are called acoustic-gravity waves; they are formed in the upper atmosphere. There can be quite a lot of causes why those waves are generated: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, storms, tsunamis, etc. However, the scale of the observed humming sound in terms of both the area covered and its power far exceeds those that can be generated by the above-mentioned phenomena. In our opinion, the source of such powerful and immense manifestation of acoustic-gravity waves must be very large-scale energy processes. These processes include powerful solar flares and huge energy flows generated by them, rushing towards Earth’s surface and destabilizing the magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere.”
According to Dr. Khalilov, we should be hearing the sounds again periodically now through 2014 as solar activity is on the rise, and is expected to reach its peak in 2014.
Tell us what you think is making the sounds. Or, if you witnessed the sounds yourself, tell us what you heard, when you heard it and how long it lasted.
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