Thunder? Earthquake? Skyquake? Montrealers on the western side of the island reported as many as three tremendous booms that rattled homes early in the morning of March 25.
Last night #thunder in the West Island of #Montreal. See lightening flash in the first second, then rumble. This was heard over the entire island and off island in Ile Perrot and Laval. It rumbled on for awhile. pic.twitter.com/0mX4nPaw02
— James Riordon (@outofcontrol) March 25, 2021
Montrealers have been taking to social media Thursday to ask the same question: What was the sound that shook people out of their beds at approximately 3:26 a.m.?
Here’s another video of the sound that woke Montreal up last night:
— Phylippe Bernard (@PhylBernard) March 25, 2021
Front-door security camera footage has been gradually appearing on Twitter, showing what appears to be one momentous thunderclap that roared through the sky.
— Philip taylor (@Philtaylor74) March 25, 2021
Anecdotal reports have described the flash as being followed by a sonic boom — as many as two loud booms followed by a longer one — that rattled homes and shook people out of bed.
#Montreal I’m still awake an hour and half later after that long thunder rumble that rattled my house. Was it thunder or an earthquake, or both? Never experienced anything like that! I’m totally spooked.
— Linda Arni (@LindaAr72561777) March 25, 2021
“Breaking the sound barrier? (An) exploding train station? We clearly have no tectonic plates that can move (closely together)……”
The sound and light may have been isolated, as Montrealers largely on the western side of the island — and residents of towns as far off as Huntingdon — are talking about it. Weather reports show a storm approaching from the west:
— ECCC Weather Quebec (@ECCCWeatherQC) March 25, 2021
“Maybe it was just because it (struck) overhead, but the sound had nothing to do with the strength of the thunderstorm. … We don’t know exactly why it was that loud,” Simon Legault, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, told the Montreal Gazette.
— Gregory Kelley (@gharperkelley) March 25, 2021
Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time the West Island has reported huge, thunderous sounds above them. Last year in July, Dollard-des-Ormeaux residents heard an eerie noise that they said sounded like trumpets in the sky.
Thunder? Earthquake? Skyquake? I guess we will never know what really happened last night around 3:30AM in Montréal.
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