Black rain

Earthquakes occurred in England in 1884, according to correspondents inĀ Nature, 30-6, during the same time that there were black rains. “An intense darkness” happened during this time at Preston, England (April 26, 1884), and a black rain at Crowle, near Worcester, on the same date. Two days later, near Church Shetton, was another black rain so intense that brooks were still dyed with it the next day. Another black rain occurred in the area on May 3.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 31 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Strange illuminations in the sky

On Nov. 15, 1922, the New York Tribune reported severe earthquakes in the province of Coquimbo, Chile, “‘and strange illuminations were observed over the sea, off La Serena and Copiapo.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p537 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

The mystery of the local sky

Comrie, Perthshire, England, was subject to a strange phenomenon from 1839 to 1841. Throughout the month of October 1839 in particular, a series of “shocks” were felt, some slight, some severe. The noise was described as “‘like distant thunder or reports of artillery, …sometimes high in the air, and was often heard without any sensible shock.’” The most violent quake occurred, according to the Edin. New Phil. Jour., vol. 32, on October 23. Various people in the vicinity reported that the sounds seemed to come from high in the air rather than underground. According to that same journal, 32-107, there were 247 occurrences of these sounds between Oct. 3, 1839 and Feb. 14, 1841.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, pp.404-405 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).