November 29, 2018

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Timothy Birdnow

In what is unquestionably a below-the-fold story a subsonic bell-tone rang around the entire planet on November 11, according to an article in Livescience.

Here's the story:

" There was a hum that nobody could hear. It was a seismic event, one that originated off the coast of Mayotte on Nov. 11, a tiny island in the waters between Madagascar and Mozambique.

From there, it circled the entire world, though it was unusual enough (un-earthquake-ish enough) that almost no one noticed, as Maya Wei-Haas reported for National Geographic. A few people paid attention though, and that sparked a hunt for the source of the hum that, she reported, still hasn't been resolved."

End excerpt.

This is much like the sound of one hand clapping. And, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound. Well, yah!

Here are a few more details:

" The hum, National Geographic reported, was strange for a number of reasons. First, it rang at just a single ultra-low frequency, like a well-tuned bell. Seismic waves usually involve lots of different frequencies. Second, the wave emerged and circled the planet without the usual signs of an earthquake; no one in the area felt any shaking, and the "p-waves" and "s-waves" associated with the hum, the sort of waves that you actually feel during an earthquake, were so faint as to be nearly undetectable. And yet, a Nov. 12 report from the French government found that Mayotte had slid 2.4 inches (6 centimeters) to the east and 1.2 inches (3 cm) to the south. [The 10 Biggest Earthquakes in History]

Scientists have proposed a number of possible explanations for the strange seismic event near Mayotte, Wei-Haas reported. But none is yet anywhere near confirmed. Perhaps a "slow earthquake" struck the area, the sort that doesn't cause much intense shaking because it occurs over a much longer period of time. Perhaps a bubble of magma squeezed past below the surface, or sloshed around in a big hole in the crust in a way that interacted with the local geology to produce the resonant ringing. Researchers even speculated about a meteor strike, though that seems unlikely. For now, the exact cause remains a mystery."

End excerpt.

Hmmm.

This puts me in a metaphysical mood. Tradition says that there would be a last trump, Gabriel's trumpet blast, at the end of the world. For 1Corinthians 15:52 statesL

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

And indeed the idea that there shall be a bell tone signalling the coming of the end is not just a little disconcerting in light of this.

Be that as it may, this is an interesting story, one pretty much ignored by the mainstream media.

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