Mysterious rumbles bring down an old barn

Posted on March 17, 2012

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Three times Thursday morning, an unexplained phenomenon rattled windows, dishes and nerves from Langford to Otter Point, even knocking down an old barn.

It sounded like sustained thunder, or God bowling. Some feared it was an earthquake, others suspected blasting, while still others thought it was bad choices from the ’60s coming home to roost.

“It’s still pretty much of a mystery,” said Otter Point’s Sharon Hanslip on Friday.

The episodes came at 9: 30 a.m, 10 and 11, the last the most intense. “It shook the house and brought down the barn.”

The barn was a ramshackle old structure – a giant three-sided shed, half the size of a house – that they had planned to raze anyway. Its collapse frightened a couple of nearby donkeys, but no great damage was done. Still –

“When it brings down buildings, it’s disconcerting,” Hanslip said.

Whatever caused the shaking, it wasn’t an earthquake, says seismologist Honn Kao of the Pacific Geoscience Centre in Sidney.

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