My inbox has been veritably flooded with so many different versions of this story, I don’t know where to begin, other than to say thank you to all of you who drew it to my attention. The story has now rippled around the word from its point of origin – Madagascar – to the antipodes and back again more times than the seismic waves themselves. But this story is truly strange, and since we’re into “strange stuff” on this website, as one might imagine, I have some of our trademark “high octane speculation” to offer, but first, here’s one version of the story:

Strange seismic event detected in Wellington ‘too perfect’ to be natural

Now, ponder, for a moment, the utter strangeness of these paragraphs:

On November 11 at about 10:30pm (NZ time), a seismic event was detected in Wellington, Kenya, Spain, Chile, Canada and even Hawaii – on the direct opposite side of the world from where it began, just off the coast of Madagascar near the French island of Mayotte.

The problem is, there was no earthquake to trigger it. And though it was strong enough to be felt by seismometers around the world, no one felt a thing – and it likely would have gone unreported if it weren’t for Wellington-based Twitter user @matarikipax.

One of the leading theories at this stage is the eruption of an undiscovered undersea volcano. The problem is, scientists believe the last time any volcano in the region erupted was more than 4000 years ago, and no evidence on the surface – such as pumice – has been seen, like what happened following a huge undersea eruption off the coast of New Zealand in 2012.

Not only was there no quake, the signal lasted for 20 minutes and was dominated by a single incredibly low frequency that repeated every 17 seconds. Quakes normally have a range of different waves of different frequencies.

A closer analysis of the wave data also revealed almost-undetectable high frequencies “pings” often heard when magma fractures rock on its way up – but there’s a problem.

“They’re too nice; they’re too perfect to be [natural],” University of Glasgow volcanology PhD candidate Helen Robinson told National Geographic. “What baffles me is how evenly spaced out they were. I have no idea how to explain that.”

The article continues by observing that the French are going with the volcano theory, and that they plan to survey the ocean floor in the region to see if there are any clues that the event might have been volcanic in nature. That, probably, is the most likely natural explanation.

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. He is the author of the following books in the field of alternative research: The Giza Death Star The Giza Death Star Deployed and a great many more... He is currently researching and writing two more books, plus jointly writing a second e-book with Dr. de Hart.