I don't know enough about the specifics, but I find this an interesting concept. Could temperature changes in the atmosphere from shading during an eclipse be responsible for pressure waves like this? It seems like you'd not get much actual vibration, just a single huge compression like a very simple weather system.
"The [accepted] theory works, there's no need to seek an alternative," said Professor Jones.
Is that good science? Occam's razor and all, but still, creating a model that works is one thing, finding out how and why something really works, even if it's complicated, seems more like finding truth, and more like good science to me.
Saying "things fall down" is a very good model of gravity that will work in every context I will ever find myself in. It's a good model in an elementary sense, but stopping there, as Professor Jones is advocating in the quote, does not seem very inquisitive.
Your thoughts? What of the sound hypothesis? Is this an example of free-energy kookiness, or something quite literally earth shaking? And the response--healthy skepticism, ivory tower protectionism, bad journalism, a lack of inquisitiveness?