Tales from the X-files: mystery earthquake in Idaho and beach rocks that spontaneous explode

May 18, 2012MCCALL, IdahoYou could call it a mystery earthquake, a sonic boom, or maybe nothing at all. Several witnesses report waking up to what they say was a small earthquake south of McCall early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. However, those shaky claims have employees at Idaho’s U.S. Geological Survey scratching their heads in disbelief. Mickey Hart lives five miles south of McCall just off Highway 55. The 50-year-old resident said she’s experienced one previous earthquake here in the summer of 2001. The second earthquake came early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. Hart says that’s when her beloved border collie, Mr. Mac, detected the tremor before it hit. “It was four in the morning, and the house shook,” Hart said. “It woke up my husband and scared the crap out of my dog.” However, for some folks here in Idaho, those reports just don’t seem to make sense. U.S. Geological Survey Technical Information Specialist Tim Merrick said his agency’s seismographs haven’t shown any recent earthquake activity in Idaho. “If there was anything, it would almost certainly show up,” Merrick said. “Our seismology network across the United States is very sensitive.” Scott VanHoff, USGS Geospatial Mapping Coordinator, agrees. “Idaho looks amazingly quiet, and I don’t see anything,” VanHoff said, adding that the only earthquake he’d seen recorded was yesterday. USGS records show that event was a magnitude 2.2 earthquake recorded around 9:30 p.m., at a location northwest of Weiser, Idaho. However, other folks in the Valley County area maintain they positively did feel an earthquake early Thursday morning. Captain Brandon Swain with the McCall Fire Department says he heard reports of the mystery earthquake from his brother, Clint Swain, who lives near Lake Fork. “My brother was awake at about 4:30 or 5 a.m., and the earthquake woke up his wife,” Swain said. –KVTB
Spontaneous exploding rocks: A 43-year-old woman in California suffered third-degree burns last Saturday after two rocks she’d collected at the beach spontaneous exploded while she was standing in her kitchen, causing her shorts to catch fire. The rocks were in her pocket. The Orange County Register reports that the woman tried to stop, drop, and roll to put out the flames. It didn’t help. But listen to what happened next: The rocks, described as small, the size of a hamburger patty, smooth and orange and green in color, fell from the shorts onto the floor and continued to burn the wood floor and fill the house with smoke. According to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Marc Stone, “The rocks were still smoking when firefighters took them to the hospital.” Captain Stone thinks the culprit might be phosphorous. “There is phosphorous that naturally occurs on the sand at the beach, but no one has ever heard of pants catching fire.” – Gawker  – see also KSDK Channel 5
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20 Responses to Tales from the X-files: mystery earthquake in Idaho and beach rocks that spontaneous explode

  1. Gordian Knot says:

    “Captain Stone and the Phosphorus Firefighters” took the rocks to the hospital ? Good name for a lame rock band. Did the 43 year old woman in the Gawker article go to the hospital, too, and phosphorus that naturally occurs on the beach ? What do you wanna bet the hospital told the firefighters to beat it, you’re not entering the hospital with hazardous burning phosphorus.

    Here’s some info about phosphorus.

    Interesting. This other article posted by the Associated Press states: “I spoke directly to the paramedic on the call,” said Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority. “He’s worked 27 years as a paramedic and specifically beach areas, and it’s the first time he’s ever seen anything like this.”

    Now with pic of actual stones found on a beach near a military base.


    Cue the X-Files soundtrack . . .


  2. Dennis E. says:

    Spontaneous exploding rocks::::Natural occurring phosphorous that naturally occurs in the sand at the beach……..Ok, I surrender………..


    • Irene C says:

      I agree Dennis E. (Waving white flag)

      Remind me to watch what kind of memorabilia I pick up the next time I go to the beach.



  3. Rob says:

    Don’t you just hate it when you go for a nice little walk on the beach with your Family, collect some lovely little remembrances but forget to take the can of Sterno out of your shorts pocket when you get home & you catch fire! Man! I HATE when I do that 😐 Yeah, the “Experts” actually listed that as a possible explanation for what had happened……


  4. BJ says:

    Hi Gordian,

    I was thinking the same thing until I read read in another story that her husband tried to get the burning rocks out of her pockets and received burns to his hands. So the firefighters actually took the woman and her husband to the hospital.


  5. Meridian says:

    Whoa…deja vu! Exploding rocks? I’m almost positive I’ve heard about this phenomenon before, long ago on one of those investigative, believe-it-or-not television shows. They couldn’t explain it then, and they’ll probably have a hard time explaining it now.

    Captain Stone and the Phosphorus Firefighters? Clever…!


  6. unclearron says:

    Ok, I am incredibly skeptical these days about suposed “expert opinions” because to be quite frank they are giving explanations far to quickly without even a chance for an investigation. These answers are quite contratictory to the scientifc mantra of dont say anything until you investigate and have a somewhat viable conclusion.

    With that said I will play devils advocate and say they are right. Concidering that phosphorous and sulfur are chemicals released by volcanos and with and incrdible up tick in under water volcanos as of late, I am wondering if it’s possible that since these stones are on the beach they are collecting these volcanic byproducts on them. Hey, if rocks are spontaneously combusting then you can only imaging how toxic the water is, no wonder there is an incredible marine die off.

    Though having played devils advocate for a brief second, I have to quickly snap back to reality and say that expert opinions aren’t worth much these days. Too many easy answers for never before seen insane events. Once again suposed scientists, thanks for tellings us how rocks could combust without any explanations of how they got this way in the first place. Low hanging fruit answers to calm the masses.

    Keeps up the good work Alvin, once again articles you won’t find anywhere else.


  7. Gordian Knot ~ Ok, now I have my tinfol hat on but what are the odds of this? “The first form of elemental phosphorus to be produced (white phosphorus, in 1669) emits a faint glow upon exposure to oxygen – hence its name given from Greek mythology, Φωσφόρος meaning “light-bearer” (Latin Lucifer), referring to the “Morning Star”, the planet Venus.


  8. James says:

    My wife and I felt an earthquake here one day and no one else did. There was a small quake 150 miles south of us at the same time. We should not have been able to feel that. Also my Aunt who lives in Millington just north of Memphis TN, said there was an earthquake when she was at work one evening. Everyone at her work felt it but there was no shaking on the Richter scale that anyone can tell.

    The thing about those rocks catching on fire is an act of God without a doubt. I am sure the mysterious earthquakes are an act of God as well. People need to repent and embrace Jesus, especially all of these wicked church people. It is our only hope!


  9. Dave H. says:

    Aside from spontaneously exploding rocks I find it interesting that the USGS declares, in regards to the mysterious Idaho quake, “our seismology network across the United States is very sensitive.” However, when mysterious booms were being felt in Wisconsin initially it took about a week for their “sensitive” equipment to pick up an earthquake. More of observer to the comments on here, I haven’t been monitoring this site for very long. I don’t know if the mysterious booms, eventually felt in places all over the world, were on TEP. I have to agree with unclearron, expert oponions, being just that, opinions come out far too quickly only to find a different cause later. By the way, I love the information I get from this site. Nowhere else do I see any of this info.


  10. Andrew says:

    Maybe they were moon rocks. I saw the movie Apollo 18. I know what those devilsh moon rocks can do.


  11. Joseph t. Repas says:

    I thought HOT PANTS went out of style in the 70’s…are they making a comeback?


  12. Rob says:

    As to the quakes in central US……..Google LISS & click on the seismograph link. There was something last night that regestered across the US, Ocean to Ocean & border to border & it lasted over an our, not the main “event” but seismograph movement. Crazy, second day I’ve seen something screwy like that in the last 72 hours 😐


  13. Sheri says:

    Thanks, Dave….I was thinking the same thing about the Wisconsin incident. They first SWORE there was NO earthquake. No recorded activity. Several days later, they came up with an earthquake. Some of the other “scientific explanations” have been ridiculous, such as a sonic boom, etc. Nobody to date has been able to explain the strange noises from the sky and loud booms taking place all over the world. This has never happened before that I can remember. Something is going on, but nobody’s talking.


    • nickk0 says:

      Sheri – these events HAVE happened before – Look up ‘mistpoufers’ and ‘Seneca Guns’.

      What is unusual, is that these ‘booms’ are now occurring in places that they never did before, or not normally associated with seismic activity.


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