Week 2014.48 (November 30-December 6) ~ The sound of a nor'easter

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Once again we heard this week the troubling sound of a human-caused earthquake in Oklahoma — the result of fracking operations in that area. Listen for its tell-tale little snap at 00:22.

The rest of the week’s sounds were dominated by the roar of the crust following the passage of a low pressure system (a nor’easter) through our area. Wind-driven ocean waves continued to build through the middle of the week, reaching a peak height of more than 4 meters out in the Gulf of Maine. You can hear the howling of the crust under the shifting weight of these ocean waves at about 04:00 in this recording.

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Here are some highlights of what we heard here this week:

00:03
Near N Coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea. (magnitude 5.0; 8,991 miles away) more info→
00:22
Oklahoma (4.2; 1,656 miles). Another in the continuing series of human-caused earthquakes, thanks to fracking. more info→
00:30
Lots of wind-generated surface noise (local surf, swaying trees)
01:01
Eastern Arizona (4.7; 2,404 miles) more info→
01:15
Off W. Coast of S. Island, N.Z. (5.2; 10,023 miles) more info→
01:17
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01:41
Iceland (5.0; 2,344 miles) more info→
01:47
Carlsberg Ridge (5.8; 7,775 miles) more info→
02:05
Off Coast of Central Mexico (4.3; 2,782 miles) more info→
02:10
Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands (5.1; 4,393 miles) more info→
02:45
Lots of wind-generated surface noise (local surf, swaying trees)
04:00
Ocean waves from a passing nor’easter reach their peak.
04:40
Yunnan, China (5.4; 7,719 miles) more info→
04:43
Vanuatu Islands (5.4; 8,654 miles) more info→
05:11
Yunnan, China (5.5; 7,716 miles) more info→
05:23
Panama-Costa Rica Border region (6.0; 2,708 miles) more info→
What else was going on this week:

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