22nd Feb: Puna area on Hawaii Island shaken by mysterious force

Posted on February 24, 2012


A number of people in a triangular area between Seaview Estates, Leilani Estates, and Black Sand Beach Subdivision  report hearing a thunder-like sound, or an explosion, and feeling the ground shake around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Folks leaving comments on the popular Punaweb forum are saying it happened around 8:42 a.m.

John Drummond, the acting administrator of the Hawaii County Civil Defense, says that the incident cannot be explained at this point in time. Drummond says that he spoke to operators of Puna Geothermal Venture, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and personnel on the ground… no one has an explanation.

One theory being considered is some sort of sonic boom, although who or what could have produced such an effect is presently unknown.


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