Mysterious explosion heard in New Hampshire

A LOUD noise was heard in New England on Saturday with some experts speculating it was a phenomenon known as a glacial quake.

Many residents said they heard noises in southeastern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts on Saturday night.

A weather expert believes a loud bang heard on Saturday was a frost quake


A weather expert believes a loud bang heard on Saturday was a frost quakeCredit: Getty
Although they feel the same, frost earthquakes are different from earthquakes


Although they feel the same, frost earthquakes are different from earthquakesCredit: Getty

Random outbursts are not entirely out of the ordinary in New England.

The area has a seismic network that can trigger even small earthquakes as they rattle communities in the area.

But no quakes hit over the weekend, leaving residents and weather experts wondering about the cause of the latest outbreak.

Meteorologist Matt Noyes with NBC Boston affiliate WBTS-TV reported that the cause of the explosion-like noise was heard in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Likely a glacial earthquake.

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Although they feel the same, frost quakes are different from earthquakes.

The setup for a glacial earthquake occurs when the land is saturated with steady rainfall, such as melting snow, and the air rapidly cools as colder air enters, Noyes said.

The ground, which is usually already slightly above freezing, quickly cools below freezing.

That causes water in the top inches of the ground to freeze quickly.

Noyes compared the natural appearance to filling a tray of ice cubes.

Filling the tray will cause the ice to protrude and expand to the outside of the tray as the ice forms.

The expansion of water as it freezes in the ground causes earthquakes as the ice settles in the cracks of rocks or between rocks, eventually splitting the ground and making an explosive noise.

Ice earthquakes rarely cause any damage because they are shallow and do not have the strength of an earthquake.


In February, a couple in Kansas said they have witnessed the weather phenomenon of frost quakes, also known as frozen earthquakes.

NBC affiliate KSNT-TV spoke to Concordia resident Melody Gillan, who said she repeatedly heard popping sounds that sounded like firecrackers underground.

Her husband, a longtime Concordia resident who had never heard of glacial earthquakes, thought someone was firing a gun from a distance.

“A few days later, I was out and he finally decided I wasn’t crazy,” Gillan told KSNT.

“There’s something exposed in the underground courtyard.”

In accordance with related weatherTexas residents have been warned about gorilla hail The size of a baseball can reach the state.

Experts say the biggest threat from the severe weather system will be heavy hail and winds stronger than 60 mph.

Hail caused by gorillas can damage car windows and roofs.

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Meteorologist Reed Timmer told The Sun: “Strong wind shear, cold fronts and the expected storm regime of the supercells produce large hailstones 2 inches in diameter and larger.”

“Even a short tornado can happen.”

A Kansas couple describes hearing'frost quakes' in February


A Kansas couple describes hearing ‘frost quakes’ in FebruaryCredit: Getty

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