[meteorite-list] Story in tonight's local paper
From: Stuart Forbes <stuart.forbes_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:11 2004
This story is in tonight's Edinburgh Evening News. I'll be investigating it
Boom towns rocked by quake scare
DOZENS of families fled from their homes fearing they had been struck by an
earthquake when a meteor sped over their neighbourhood.
Terrified residents of Eyemouth and nearby Ayton, in the Borders, alerted
police after a massive bang shook their houses.
Burglar alarms and car alarms were set off, sparking fears the area had been
hit by an earthquake.
But yesterday seismology experts revealed the normally quiet towns had been
rocked by a sonic boom from a passing meteorite.
They claimed a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere at several times the
speed of sound had caused a shockwave which shook houses in the area.
Bennett Simpson, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey centre in
Edinburgh, said : "We have had reports of a number of unusual effects felt
in the Berwickshire area.
"People reported windows rattling, houses shaking and car alarms going off.
"This was not an earthquake, though, and is consistent with a sonic event,
either from an aircraft going supersonic or a meteor entering the Earth’s
"Something similar happened in Scotland a number of years ago . It can be
quite frightening. "
Lothian and Borders Police today confirmed reports of the sonic boom. A
spokesman said: "We received a number of calls from concerned residents in
the Eyemouth area reporting a loud bang and shaking.
"The British Geological Survey were contacted and they confirmed it had been
a sonic event, possibly caused by a meteor."
Received on Wed 14 Nov 2001 12:21:45 PM PST