For the last few weeks strange loud booms have been heard in many towns and cities accross America and indeed accross the world. One of those towns at the centre of the mystery is the small town of Clintonville.
“Clearly it simply jolts you. It sounds like someone drops a piece of dynamite outside of the building you’re in. Or that something sort of exploded under the ground. …We have checked gas lines, sewers, water pressures and consulted with meteorologists, seismologists, U. S. military, utilities experts and mining companies, but have come up empty-handed.” -- Lisa Kuss, City Administrator, Clintonville, WI
Similar booms have also been head in Montello, Wisconsin
The booms have been so frighteningly loud that local emergency services have recieved hundreds of phone calls since the noises began. City authorities have brought in seismic monitoring equipment on the basis that the loud booms are related to earthquake activity.
AP Reports – “The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday just after midnight in the eastern Wisconsin city of Clintonville. Geophysicist Paul Caruso says loud booming noises have been known to accompany earthquakes. He says it’s possible the mysterious sounds are linked to the quake. City officials have been seeking answers related to the late-night booms, which started Sunday night and have as yet defied explanation.”
Local Green Bay News Channel NBC26 has been following the story.
“The booms are back in town. At least 60 people in Clintonville called police to report loud booms and shaking late Tuesday night. The reports of shaking and booming come about a week after the city was rocked by a 1.5 magnitude earthquake.
After a quiet weekend in Clintonville, last week’s booms that baffled everyone for days before learning it was an earthquake came back. Some say this time, the booms are stronger than ever. That’s a scary thought for Holly Beringer, who says she was shaken off her couch last night. “It was a big boom, shook the whole house, and scared the living daylights out of me,” said Beringer
Beringer wasn’t alone.At least 60 people reported hearing the boom just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Schultz’s say the quake put a thin crack in their basement floor. It’s a crack that stretched the entire length of the basement, a crack they noticed just after the earth shaking boom. “It sounded like a boom like a building came down and it was pretty scary, the fact was I was shaken,” said Verda Schultz.
City administrator Lisa Kuss says all signs point to this being a repeat of last week’s quake and the swarm of micro quakes that followed.”
Clintonville resident Jordan Pfeiler, 21, said she doubted an earthquake caused the noises. She said the booms she experienced were in a series over the course of several hours and not continuous as she might have expected if they were caused by an earthquake. Still, she said, ‘It’s a little scary knowing Clintonville could even have earthquakes.’∗