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When The Earth Shook


David S Hay contributed a copy of an article from the Northern Scot Christmas Number for 1981 which tells the strange story of how the effects of the Clydebank Blitz were felt – literally – in Aberchirder.

His father Alex Hay (‘Bussie’) was involved in driving a survivor of the first of three nights of the Clydebank Blitz, with a few remaining belongings, to her sister’s at Pluscarden. On the following night – 15 March – he was visiting Aberchirder with his fiancée when the air raid sirens went off. They felt tremors under their feet and his fiancée explained that exactly the same tremors had occurred two nights before on the first night of the Clydebank Blitz.

An aircraft observer confirmed at the time that tremors had been felt at the observation post on Cleanhill.

It seems that some geological feature caused the vibrations made by exploding bombs and land mines to be conducted from the Clyde to Aberchirder.