Most Powerful Hurricane Irma Recorded In History It’s Registering On Earthquake Devices

Hurricane Irma is the strongest storm forecasters have ever seen develop in the Atlantic—and it’s so intense that scientific instruments have started confusing it with another terrifying natural disaster: earthquakes.

On Tuesday, just as forecasters upgraded Irma to a Category 5 storm, scientists started picking up background noise from the storm on their earthquake-detecting seismometers, according to the Independent.

Winds battering trees, giant ocean waves and other sounds that Hurricane Irma has unleashed on islands like Guadalupe are what made it possible for earthquake-measuring devices to pick up the storm.