Thursday, February 24, 2011

Things that go thwhump!

This week’s State Department Round Up is being hosted by Shannon over at Cyberbones… an awesome blogger and proud mom of a recent graduate of Great Lakes Naval Boot camp. Her theme for the round-up this week is news. There has been a lot of news, but this is the one that I feel like sharing today.

Booming Sounds Caused By Israel – Jordan Times

I was in the kitchen yesterday, doing some cleaning up and waiting for the kids to get home. It was a nice day, so I had the windows and patio door open, enjoying the warmth, fresh air, and birdsong. Suddenly there was a pressure wave that shook the windows. Not really a noise, other than the house/door/window rattles, just a ‘fwump’ that dropped in on us from out of nowhere. A couple minutes later, there was another. Quite strong.

It didn’t feel or sound like an earthquake. Cats weren’t freaking out. It didn’t sound like an explosion, because there wasn’t a boom or bang or anything else… I’ve lived and served on military bases, I know what explosions and ordinance sounds like, although Amman is located on rolling hills and noise travels in very odd ways, so I also knew an explosion was very possible, but it was very odd! Fwump! … but… where was the bang? Odd! Anyway, I was at the window. No sirens. Birds didn’t stop singing.  I thought the noises might be distant sonic booms.

The local paper says this: “The thunder-like sounds emanated from explosions carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities, the reasons for which are still unknown, Odwan was quoted as saying by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, yesterday.”

Oh..kaay… I sort of wish I had more news on this as this article is quite short. Many folk here never even noticed the noise, so I guess, for this region, it’s almost non-news, but I thought it was interesting.

Anyway, if this isn’t exciting enough for you, you can go back to my last post and read about the feline crime spree I blogged about yesterday.


Jill said...

Always something going on in Israel, eh? :)

Connie said...

It was a strange thing! But the sounds here do roll and wander about. I'm not used to living on this sort of hilly landscape.

Shannon said...

I am glad you posted this, I saw Donna post something about it on FB and I wondered what was up.

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