M.O.D. AT FOULNESS
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'VIBROCK' TESTS
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INTENSIFIED NOISE AND VIBRATIONS FROM M.O.D. AT SHOEBURYNESS


For many years now the coastal population in the Thames Estuary has suffered with both damage to their properties and disruption of the peaceful enjoyment of their homes by vibrations and pressure waves, emanating for the test base on Foulness Island at Shoeburyness, which was sold by the government in 2002 to QinetiQ a private company and where, on its 7500 acres of land and 35,000 acres of sand and mud flats, munitions are tested and redundant or time expired explosives are destroyed at the base by ‘blowing them up!’ This work, for the M.O.D. is also done for other NATO countries where their own governments will not allow the disposal of munitions by explosive means on their own territory.


The Base as seen across the water from Point Clear Bay
and St Osyth Beach.

The 49th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron will be training at the base, which has a self imposed limit that the loudness of noise should not exceed 125 dB.


We have now been told that for a short period in early February the sound level will increase to 135 decibels. This sound will be in short bursts , such as the normal activity which might be say, five explosions in a period of five minutes, but this is a level of noise which if sustained, would cause hearing loss if the ears were unprotected.

Once the self imposed limit of 125 decibels has been exceeded, it may be a precursor to other high level explosive events in the future, with this recent event setting the precident!

A further concern is that St Osyth, which is only fourteen unobstructed miles from the base, will get the full effect of any blast. We must assume that as the explosive noise is ten times louder (see appendix) it is reasonable to expect that the vibrations and pressure waves will also be increased, but by how much we wonder!

Any member of the public may question the base on free phone number at 0800 056 0108 or the Qinetiq's number which is 44 (0)1702 383200


Appendix.

Since the Webmaster is no expert the following is part of an Internet technical page:

The decibel is a logarithmic scale. Logarithmic scales are a way of expressing orders of magnitude in simple numbers without having to print out lots of zeros in an equation. This means that every increase of 10 dB represents a tenfold increase of energy. 10 dB is ten times greater than 1 dB, 20 dB is 100 times greater, 30 dB is 1000 greater, 60 dB is 1,000,000 times greater and so forth.
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