The gel causes a powerful “boom”

News 27 January, 2018
  • Antoine Lacroix

    Friday, 26 January, 2018 23:59

    Friday, 26 January, 2018 23:59

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    The noise, suggesting a powerful explosion has been heard in the last few days in several cities in Quebec, would be rather of the earthquakes caused by the gel.

    The cryoséismes are the result of the displacement of ice cream or a sudden rupture of the ice underground that may have accumulated. They can occur at any time of the day or night, but is heard the most distinctly between midnight and dawn, because the sound travels better in cold air.

    “The sudden penetration of the water into the soil or the rock-ridden frost creates stress in the earth, where creaking noises, vibrations and powerful sounds that can easily be confused with manifestations of earthquake or outbursts of firearms “, written by Environment Canada.

    No tool

    The City of Sainte-Julie on the South Shore, has received several reports from citizens asking ‘ what were the strange noises that they heard.

    In the absence of having the tools to measure the presence or absence of a cryoséisme, the seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, Michal Kolaj, indicates that several factors point in this direction.

    “A cryoséisme is not the same thing as an earthquake ; thus it is impossible for a seismologist to measure it,” Mr. Kolaj.

    He adds that no earthquake has been recorded over the course of the last week, but that the government organization has also received a number of reports in the greater Montreal area.

    “The cryoséismes are even more noisy if the soil is saturated from rain, snow melt or flood water, and that the snowpack can hardly deaden the sounds,” says Environment Canada.

    – VAT New