Social media accounts shared video of “earthquake lights” that appeared near Delhi, India after the Hindu Kush quake on 21-March. But the lights were instead reflection on clouds.
Category: Earth Mysteries
Paranormal Vortex Areas
It’s a common claim by paranormalists that there are special places on earth where “energy” whirls are responsible for strange phenomena reported at those locations. They are called paranormal or energy “vortex” areas. The crystallization of the “vortex” idea in this context began with a popular proponent of mysterious subjects who identified twelve equidistant areas around the globe with peculiar characteristics. Since then, the idea of a paranormal vortex has evolved.
Spooky events from the New Madrid earthquakes
A series of giant earthquakes within the continental interior is strange in itself, but other notable phenomena associated with the New Madrid, Missouri quakes of 1811-2 made the events preternaturally awful. In this piece, I explore the scary and weird features that were said to accompany the New Madrid earthquakes.
Sodom and Gomorrah – A geomythological parable
The Bible contains several stories that people have attempted to connect to geological events such as earthquakes or floods. The Biblical context treats these events as supernatural works of God, which puts them in the realm of “spooky geology”. In this post, I’m exploring two geologically-related aspects of the parable of Sodom & Gomorrah.
The Curse of the Souvenir Rock
Popular lore warns that if you take a rock or object from a sacred land, a curse will fall upon you until you return the object. What is the origin of the curse legends and are they real? Here’s a new SpookyGeo video feature.
Mystery booms and skyquakes
The world is a noisy place. But some sounds shake you to your foundation. Mystery booms that come out of nowhere and have indiscernible sources scare people and leave them wondering, “What just happened?” Every week, we find a few reports of “mystery booms” in the news. People report a surprising, loud noise that shakes their house and rattles their windows. This is not a new phenomenon. Reports of such sounds can be traced back through news accounts from over a century ago.
Peabody’s booming earthquake swarm
Residents of Peabody have been experiencing booming sounds that rattle their houses and nerves. A public meeting was held to explain to residents that 3 earthquakes were recorded (below magnitude 2) in the area and this swarm of small quakes is causing the disturbance.
Oracle of Delphi: Snake Death Gas or God’s Breath
The colorful and dramatic accounts of the Oracle of Delphi in Greece spanning many centuries […]
Healing waters of Waukesha turned sour
The healing waters of Waukesha eventually led to woes as the fabled springs dried up […]
Ringing rocks and sonorous stones
We expect a certain dull, earthy, *chink* sound when rocks are hit with a hammer. […]
Pic de Bugarach: The mysterious mountain
Pic de Bugarach in Aude, France, is a place that effortlessly combines natural wonder and […]
Faces in Places: Mimetoliths
The word “rock face” is not usually to be taken literally. Yet, around the world, […]
Gravity Roads, Magnetic Hills, and Mystery Spots
Around the world, there are areas that have gained a reputation for being strange and mysterious […]
Despite centuries of reports of anomalous luminous phenomena (ANP) – lights, glows, flames, sparks and […]
Strange lights and levitating rocks at Arkansas crystal mine
Springing from the spine of Arkansas’ Ouachita mountains are several commercial crystal mines open for […]
Psychometry in geology
The geologist will meticulously measure and sample an outcrop to discern information about it. What […]
Witching for water
Dowsing or water divining doesn’t work any better than chance or through use of surface […]
Fairy Stones (natural crosses)
Almost all minerals, gemstones and rock types are associated with some superstitious or supernatural motifs. […]
Leylines: From the old straight track to Ghostbusters
A few years ago, a paranormal investigator acquaintance who knew I was a geologist asked […]