Frost quake becomes latest weather buzzword

Rare phenomenon felt, reported in several states

Snap, crackle, pop.

If you’re not eating Rice Krispies when you hear these noises and don’t know where they’re coming from, check for frost quakes.

As if this winter hasn’t been crazy enough for the entire United States, today frost quakes are making headlines. According to the Associated Press, several people in Missouri felt frost quakes – even seeing flashes of light -- Sunday evening and called 911.

The rare phenomenon happens when moisture in the ground freezes, and it expands. It causes a rumble similar to that of an earthquake.

Residents of other states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, have also reported frost quakes.




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