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The loudest sound is one that leaves people deaf and the furthest from the
sound source that universal dealness occurs, the louder the sound. This may
not be strictly true, however, if a meteor lands in the midst of a circle of
mountains. One must assume flat land for this to be a good measure.  

There must be data for animals that have been deafend, based on their
hearing range or sweet spots being different than that of humans. 

Of course, shooting a male deer gives the biggest bang for the buck.

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Loftus Becker
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Loudest sound

I'd guess that the loudest sound ever on Earth was the one when a collision
caused the moon to break away.

But if a collision takes place with no ears to hear it, does it make a
sound?

-Lofty Becker

> On Mar 17, 2015, at 6:30 PM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> The loudest sound I ever heard was when an oil refinery blew up a few 
> blocks from my house in San Pedro. No one was hurt, miraculously, but 
> the force of the shock almost blew the windows out at my place.
> 
> Dave Lewis
> Hamilton, OH