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Predicting Earthquakes -- The Charlotte King Effect

Contributor: Diane Gremmel

Predicting Earthquakes -- The Charlotte King Effect

by Diane Gremmel


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Charlotte King is a pleasant, talkative Oregon wife and grandmother. She enjoys time with friends, cares for her husband, and never met a stray cat she didn’t try to help. She is liked by her neighbors and enjoys chatting with friends on the phone. The thing that makes Charlotte different is she has been studied by scientists, consulted by government agencies and pursued by media for much of her life. Charlotte King is the woman who can use her body to predict earthquakes, and if the Library of Congress volunteer study known as “Project Migraine" is correct, then her accuracy is truly astounding.

     Charlotte King was a busy young housewife and mother in 1976, when she began to hear strange noises that never seemed to stop.  Sometimes the sounds would speed up or slow down. At other times the rhythm would vary or the sounds would be pitched up or down.

      “It sounded kind of like a foghorn,” she remembers.  “I had no idea what it was or why I was hearing it, I just knew that it wasn’t normal. No one could tell me what was happening.”

     Charlotte’s aunt would later remember that as a toddler, Charlotte was very upset by certain types of noise, covering her ears and screaming. This sensitivity to sound seemed to fade as she matured, but now the problem was back. Since 1976, the sound has been a permanent part of Charlotte’s life, having never ceased even for a moment. It would take time for her to understand that this problem was also a gift.

     A whale beaching on the Oregon coast in June of 1979 provided the first clue about what the young mother was hearing.

      “It suddenly occurred to me that the whales could have been hearing the same noise that I did, that their sense of direction might have been affected by the sound frequencies. If there were underwater fault lines that were shifting, that could account for the whale’s confusion. Finally I understood that something else was hearing what I heard.”

     She put in a call to experts in mammal behavior, who researched the fault lines and considered her theory had merit. Finally, the answers were starting to come.

     In September of that year, new symptoms appeared.

     “I was terrified. I was 30 years old, and suddenly I was having painful heart palpitations. My ears became very sore, and the ache was almost unbearable. I didn’t know what to do; I just knew that I was way too young to be having such horrible symptoms.”

     The answer came by accident. Three days later there was a massive earthquake in Italy. While listening to a radio show, she heard an interview with an Italian doctor who remarked on the large number of cases he had seen just before the earthquake.  A number of people had approached him with unexplained pain in the ears, and several had experienced chest pains. At last, the symptoms Charlotte suffered were beginning to make sense.

     Soon after her discovery, Charlotte began to call her predictions in to the local ABC affiliate, KATU in Portland, Oregon

      “I was learning about how this worked, and I wanted to have someone in media who could verify that I had made these predictions.”

     Thomas G. Brown, at that time the assistant assignment editor, took the predictions with a grain of salt, but eventually he had to admit there was something very unusual about Charlotte King. In a letter praising her ability, he wrote:

The reason for my change in belief is due to the fact that after she first informed me of the noise she hears and said that the noise is always followed by an earthquake, I decided to keep a record for myself.  I also talked to other people about Ms. King so I could check her story out for a possible news story for Channel 2.  In my investigation I discovered that she had also been in contact with a Dr. Jenson, a professor at Oregon State University.  I was told by Dr. Jenson that Charlotte King has the ability to hear low tones that are five times below the norm and high tones ten times above normal.

     Later in the same letter, Brown credited her with making 36 correct predictions out of 36 that he documented.

     Other studies placed her accuracy at anywhere from 85 to 100 percent, and the world began to take notice. Over several years Charlotte would find herself on every program from Strange Universe to the Merv Griffin show. She would address city governments and disaster relief organizations. She was featured in dozens of articles as well as a book by author Ruth Montgomery.

     Eventually, scientists would label certain biological sensitivities as “The Charlotte King Effect.” To Charlotte, however, this is a gift that we can all enjoy and use.

      “Everyone, or at least most people, can pay attention to certain symptoms that they have, and learn from them. Some people will be more gifted than others, but we can all do this.”


NEXT: In our next installment Charlotte talks about her continuing journey and about the signs of upcoming earthquakes.



Diane Gremmel was recently spotlighted in a Houston Chronicle article "Want to Psych Yourself Out" by Pete Holley. You can read the article in its entirety at this link.

Diane Gremmel is a gifted intuitive and psychic, medium and utilizes her talents to give direction on varied topics in life's journey.

Be sure to return again and again to the Dear Diane column in The New Era Times for her sage advice which she gives via her intuitive gifts. If you are interested in submitting a question please email Dear Diane.

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