A Lot Of People In Canada Are Experiencing Mysterious “Frost Quakes”

Many have been reporting hearing loud booms across the Greater Toronto since Christmas Eve. posted on

1. It seems that many people in Ontario are experiencing “frost quakes,” though they’re generally rare.

2. Although a frost quake may sound as realistic as a sharknado, apparently they’re a real — albeit rare — phenomenon.

Similar frostquakes or "cryoseisms" were heard on Monday. Here's an explanation of how these rare events occur. http://t.co/Jyq9sc6P2s

3. National Toronto explains what exactly a frost quake, also known as a cryoseism, is:


Frost quakes, or cryoseisms, occur when there is a rapid drop in temperature. Water that is in the ground freezes. Because it has nowhere else to go, it cracks the soil or rock causing a loud noise and the shaking of the ground.

These types of cryoseisms are rare and poorly understood. There are two types of cryoseisms: a frost quake and an ice quake. An ice quake occurs over bodies of water such as lakes and rivers.

4. Although the United State Geological Survey and the American Meteor Society had no reports of seismic events, people across Ontario have been reporting frost quakes since Christmas Eve.

6. Catherine Woodgold, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, said that with the sudden drop in temperature, frost quakes were a “very likely explanation” for what people have been experiencing.

8. However, Woodgold also said it could simply be people’s houses adjusting to the cold:


It could be an effect with the house itself. Like the house itself could be shifting to the response in the temperature. It could be an effect with the house itself. Like the house itself could be shifting to the response in the temperature.

Just had another frost quake shake my entire house.... When in the hell are these loud booms going to end??? #ygk #frostquake

#FrostQuake Jeez, I thought my house was about to collapse! Huge and often frost quakes here in Woodbridge.

OMFG, my building is shaking and kinda rocking back and forth. I'm feeling the #FrostQuake. This is crazy.

12. Whether the noises are actual frost quakes or just people’s houses creaking because of the cold temperatures, people all over Greater Toronto are saying they’re experiencing frost quakes.

16. And nobody could sleep.

Woken up at 4am by #frostquake Three more since then!! I need a vacation! Another day in the -20's! I need #sun #cuba #sunwing #beach

The count's at 8 for cracking sounds from the #frostquake in #Guelph. Might as well count, can't sleep. Reading, with sound effects..

Frigg’n #frostquake is good and bad. Can’t sleep but I keep running laps around the house to check if all is well. Get fit in 2014𠉬heck!

This #frostquake needs to stop.. I wanna sleep without feeling like someone's hammering my house

The count's at 8 for cracking sounds from the #frostquake in #Guelph. Might as well count, can't sleep. Reading, with sound effects..

24. And people were generally just freaked out.

Went outside to take a few shots of the night sky and all I heard was ice cracking near and far. Felt like I was on a lake. #frostquake

#frostquake in Brampton. Scared me, thought a tree had fallen on the house. One Big Bang then a smaller one, a minute later.

31. Someone actually thought they were being murdered.

Woke up from the #frostquake as I was between being awake and asleep. Thought I was about to get brutally murdered. I am 6 years old. Lol

32. But thankfully, frost quakes aren’t deadly.

It should be somewhat comforting to know that nobody has ever been injured or died from a cryoseism or #frostquake.

Phew.

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