A New Theory for the Unexplained Puna Explosion Last Month – A Sonic Boom From Below?

Last month, many folks in the Puna area felt a swarm of earthquakes and then at about 9:42 in the morning we were all startled to hear a big boom and/or explosion that shook the area.

Hawaii County Civil Defense has still not stated what the explosion or boom was, but I have a new theory based upon the similar boom that happened this week on the mainland in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday just after midnight in Clintonville, a town of about 4,600 people about 40 miles west of Green Bay.

Geophysicist Paul Caruso told The Associated Press that loud booming noises have been known to accompany earthquakes. It’s possible the mysterious sounds that town officials have been investigating are linked to the quake, he said.

Earthquakes can generate seismic energy that moves through rock at thousands of miles per hour, producing a sonic boom when the waves come to the earth’s surface, Caruso said…

For me the following statement is what really gets me:

…Those reservations didn’t stop Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss from declaring “the mystery is solved” at a news conference Thursday evening.

She said USGS representatives described the event as a swarm of several small earthquakes in a very short time.

I was interviewed by KHON2 News Brianne Randle about the incident and this aired on the news:

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If we look at the recent earthquakes that were surrounding the mysterious Puna boom… you can see that it was a swarm or small earthquakes leading up to the boom.

I’m no geologist… but I will theorize that this was simply Pele or the volcano burping in a sense.

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