Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes

US-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

“Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles,” Dr Hicks tweeted.

In a later tweet, Dr Hicks clarified that background noise – for example, wind causing trees to move and crashing ocean waves – was causing seismographs to pick up Irma.

Irma, which is already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.

Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have declared states of emergency.

Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, has said Irma’s exact path is unknown, but that the storm could affect “millions of Floridians”.

Because of Irma’s size and power, very dangerous weather could also occur up to 200 miles away from the eyewall, the most devastating region of a hurricane.

“The hurricane force winds in Irma are wider than Florida,” tweeted Bryan Norcross, hurricane specialist at the Weather Channel. “You won’t need a direct hit to get Wilma-type winds & storm surge on both coasts.”

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121 Responses to Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes

  1. rikyrah says:

    Storm Sturge Update in Naples
    4 feet in 30 minutes.

  2. rikyrah says:

    The surge is coming in Naples.

    Water has risen 2 feet in 12 minutes.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Dude just got hit on The Weather Channel.

  4. Look yall, the ocean disappeared and then came back. I’ve never seen nor heard of this except when reading Moses parted the Red Sea….

  5. rikyrah says:

    Florida Light and Power believes 3.4 million will be without power.

    3.4 MILLION?

  6. rikyrah says:

    Tampa has not been directly hit by a hurricane in 90 years.
    They are just going off of ‘plans’ for preparation.
    Lord, have mercy.

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:


  8. A hurricane is born in Africa over warm water and follows the same path of the Middle Passage

  9. Hurricanes and the Middle Passage

    The late Dick Gregory stated, “Hurricanes, that’s the Black Woman’s spirit. All hurricanes start at the exact spot in West Africa where the slaves were put on the ship. They stay underwater and follow the same route the ships followed. No slaves were loaded on the ship until it got to the Caribbeans. No hurricane rises above water until it gets to the Caribbean.”

  10. Heads up, people. Stay away from downed power lines….



  12. Carson is coming home tomorrow! Yay! My Twitter pal, Patricia, sent me this for our little darling…..

  13. Mama Cass says:

    Holy mother that’s YUGE!! I have lots of family in Florida a d am pretty worried

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