My niece lives in Door County, Wisconsin. In northern Wisconsin people are fleeing their homes due to noise and movement of the earth, but so far, they cannot pinpoint what is happening exactly. Peoples pets are freaking out from it. Thought maybe you can glean some insight as to what may be happening in that area.
Did a quick search and this was the first one that came up.
If you are not familiar with what Fracking is just do a search in the KU search box for fracking and you will see some threads I posted on it.
Turning Wisconsin into a Fracking Sandbox
Frac-sand mining in western and central Wisconsin is now increasing at an alarming rate thanks to an oil and natural gas drilling boom that uses a process known as hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking. The mined sand, along with a lot of water and chemicals, is pumped far below the surface to force the trapped oil and gas up to where it can be collected.
Wisconsin, fortunately, has no such fracking wells, for the state lacks major oil and gas deposits. What we do have is lots of the sort of sand the frackers need and weve got it conveniently near the surface. The hydraulic fracturing method of fossil fuel extraction is proving to be an ecological curse to many areas of the nation, and the sand mining that supports it is a growing threat to Wisconsin.
Wisconsins Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it will not specifically regulate crystalline silica, the fine, potentially hazardous particles that are released into the air during sand mining operations. As the Journal Sentinel reported:
from what was stated the noise is so loud people cannot sleep at night....and "supposedly" there is no such fracking/mining going on in that particular area.
That's very interesting. I'll keep an ear open for discussions on this and follow up.
As for fracking, I'm not 100% certain but I believe that fracking at certain depths can be felt for many miles, but they claim there has been no activity on the seismology meters. I can't imagine what the sounds might be either.
By DINESH RAMDE and CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press AP Photo AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger US Video Buy AP Photo Reprints
CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Sleepless families in a small Wisconsin town longed for quiet Wednesday after mysterious booming noises over the past few nights roused them from bed and sent residents into the street - sometimes still in pajamas.
The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused or merely curious. But after three restless nights, aggravation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket.
"My husband thought it was cool, but I don't think so. This is not a joke," said Jolene Van Beek, who awoke early Sunday to a loud boom that shook her house. "I don't know what it is, but I just want it to stop."
The booming in Clintonville continued Monday and Tuesday nights and into Wednesday morning, eventually prompting Van Beek to take her three sons to her father's home, 10 minutes away, so they could get some uninterrupted sleep.
There have been no reports of injury or damage, despite some residents saying they could feel the ground roll beneath their feet.
City officials say they have investigated every possible human cause. They checked water, sewer and gas lines, contacted the military about any exercises in the area, reviewed permits for mining explosives and inspected a dam next to city hall. They even tested methane levels at the landfill in case the gas was spontaneously exploding.
"People in the area are certainly frustrated," City Administrator Lisa Kuss said.
The city is also investigating geological causes. Officials plan to bring in vibration-detection devices to try to determine the epicenter of any underground activity.
Authorities set up audio and video equipment overnight but didn't capture any evidence of shaking or booming despite at least one loud noise about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Kuss said.
About 300 people attended a public meeting Wednesday night in a local high school auditorium to get an update on the situation. Kuss assured residents that officials are doing everything they can to determine the source of the booming.
Sharon Binger said the disturbance has left cracks in her basement walls and floor, and that they're getting worse. She said her insurance company won't pay for the damage until she knows what caused it.
"This is an issue," she said, demanding answers from officials at the meeting. "There is something else going on."
Kuss urged Binger to write down when the cracks occurred and promised to send officials to the woman's home to look over the damage.
Debby Ernst has not heard the sound or felt the tremors but said she is still considering going elsewhere until the mystery is solved.
"It worries me. I'm scared," Ernst, a gas station cashier, said in a phone interview. "Who's to say it ain't going to get worse?"
However, a local scientist said nothing has surfaced that suggests townspeople should be afraid.
Steve Dutch, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, said the ground beneath them is solid, and that there are no known earthquake fault lines in the area.
Dutch said he heard some people worrying that a sinkhole might open up and swallow homes. That can happen in areas where the ground is rich with limestone and other low-density rocks that can be dissolved by water, he said. But the rock below Clintonville is mainly solid granite that's largely impermeable.
However, he speculated that water and granite could hold the key to the mystery. Granite has small cracks that water can fill, but if the underground water table falls especially low, water can seep out, leaving gaps that cause the rocks to settle and generate loud noises.
"Maybe the very dry winter caused more water to be removed from the water table, either through pumping or natural flow," he said.
A seismic station near Clintonville, a town of about 4,600 people about 40 miles west of Green Bay, has recorded unusual ground shaking since Sunday night. Scientists say such activity can be caused by mining and heavy truck traffic, but since there are no mines or major construction in the area, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey will take a closer look at the data.
Some residents are having fun with the mystery, which has drawn media attention from around the nation.
Jordan Pfeiler said people stayed up late on the first two nights to walk around listening for booms. They came up with outlandish theories to explain the noise - for example, that the White House was building an underground bunker in the area or that mole men had found a home there.
"And the aliens, of course, there's always the aliens," she said.
Van Beek understands the temptation to crack jokes, but it's no laughing matter to her.
"Everything people think it is has been ruled out. They just don't have answers," she said. "At this point all I want is for it to stop."
This was on NBC Nightly News last night. They said they have no idea what it could be -- not an earthquake, frost quake, gases escaping the earth, underground explosions, etc. but they really didn't mention fracking.
The 911 call map was really interesting. It looked like they were coming from a pretty widespread area and everyone of them was reporting really loud bangs and their houses shaking.
Keep in mind this community is a very small town. People are use to peace and quiet and all of a sudden these noises, vibrations are appearing out of nowhere. Believe in one day the police received 250 calls about it.
Another town is now reporting the same sounds and in almost every news report I've read, they have alluded to the idea that despite scientific efforts, we may never know what this is. Who the heck says that before the research has even been done yet? Someone that's hiding something, that's who.
I also read an article that stated that throughout history these types of sounds have been heard across around the world and never explained. We're only four days into this and they are already telling the public to not be surprised if the source of these sounds and vibrations are never found. That's absurd to me.
I'm sure once whomever is causing this wraps up their experiment, the sounds will stop and everyone will forget about this.
One other alternative is a D.U.M.B. They are called Deep Underground Military Bases and you can't build one or modify one without making some earth moving noise. Just google search "deep underground military bases". Some of the links are ridiculous people putting together their own ideas of what DUMBs are but there are legitimate links out there explaining them, what they are and what they are used for.
Well now they are saying that a 1.5 magnitude quake caused four days of loud boom sounds. OK, LOL.
Here's the story.
Wis. official: Mystery booms caused by minor quake
By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press AP Photo AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger US Video Buy AP Photo Reprints
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday just after midnight in Clintonville, a town of about 4,600 people about 40 miles west of Green Bay.
Geophysicist Paul Caruso told The Associated Press that loud booming noises have been known to accompany earthquakes. It's possible the mysterious sounds that town officials have been investigating are linked to the quake, he said.
Earthquakes can generate seismic energy that moves through rock at thousands of miles per hour, producing a sonic boom when the waves come to the earth's surface, Caruso said.
"To be honest, I'm skeptical that there'd be a sound report associated with such a small earthquake, but it's possible," he said.
Those reservations didn't stop Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss from declaring "the mystery is solved" at a news conference Thursday evening.
She said USGS representatives described the event as a swarm of several small earthquakes in a very short time.
"In other places in the United States, a 1.5 earthquake would not be felt," she said. "But the type of rock Wisconsin has transmits seismic energy very well."
The U.S. Geological Survey says earthquakes with magnitude of 2.0 or less aren't commonly felt by people and are generally recorded only on local seismographs. Caruso said the Tuesday earthquake was discovered after people reported feeling something, and geologists pored through their data to determine that an earthquake did indeed strike.
Local residents have reported late-night disturbances since Sunday, including a shaking ground and loud booms that sound like thunder or fireworks.
City officials investigated and ruled out a number of human-related explanations, such as construction, traffic, military exercises and underground work. The town has scheduled a news conference for Thursday at 6 p.m. but hasn't said what will be discussed.
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."
Steve Dutch, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, said a 1.5 magnitude earthquake produces the energy equivalent of 100 pounds of explosives and could certainly produce loud sounds.
But he was reluctant to describe Tuesday's event as an earthquake, saying the term is generally used to refer to widespread stress in the earth's crust. What happened in Wisconsin could be near the surface, perhaps caused by groundwater movement or thermal expansion of underground pipes, he said.
Still, Dutch said it was possible that the event could produce a series of sounds over time.
"If you've got something causing a little bit of shifting underground, it may take a while for whatever is causing it to play itself out," he said
Caruso, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist, said Tuesday's event was confirmed as an earthquake because it registered on six different seismometers, including some as far as central Iowa.
Jolene Van Beek, 41, had been jarred awake several times by late-night rumbling this week. When asked by telephone Thursday whether she thought the noises were caused by an earthquake, she joked that she was at a nearby lake "waiting for the tsunami to hit."
"Anything to do with earthquakes is going to freak people out," she said. "You'd never expect it in Wisconsin."
Residents Skeptical of Mini-Quakes Explanation For Clintonville Booms
USGS says 1.5 earthquake hit town on Tuesday, but reports of booms came in over 24 hours beforehand
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Friday, March 23, 2012
City officials claim the mystery of the Clintonville booms is solved with the US Geological Surveys announcement that the town experienced a series of mini-earthquakes, but residents remain skeptical and probably with good reason the 1.5 magnitude earthquake occurred over 24 hours after reports of the booms first started to flood in, noises which were also heard in a town 80 miles away.
The saga which has captured national attention began on Sunday night, when police received a deluge of reports about strange booming noises that were described as sounding like underground fireworks, thunder, or someone slamming a heavy door.
For the subsequent four nights the booms continued to be reported, albeit to a lesser extent, prompting a town hall meeting and a promise by local officials to find the cause of the strange noises.
The USGS subsequently announced that Clintonville had been hit by a 1.5 magnitude mini-earthquake on Tuesday at 12:15 a.m, in addition to a subsequent swarm of small earthquakes. The earthquake was not initially detected by the USGS and was only discovered after reports of mysterious booms in Clintonville had attracted national media coverage.
Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss told the community Thursday the mystery is solved. She says the rumbling can be explained by the micro earthquake that struck earlier this week, reports Fox 11.
However, residents first heard the strange booms on Sunday night, over 24 hours before the first 1.5 earthquake struck.
In addition, the fact that the booms were also experienced 80 miles away by residents of Montello is inconsistent with the mini-quake explanation. Even people relatively close to the epicenter of such a minor earthquake would not feel it in most places, never mind anyone located over 120 kilometers away.
The fact that residents of Clintonville felt the booms whereas people in California experience similar quakes on a routine basis without feeling them at all was addressed by USGS physicist Paul Caruso, who said that the rock in Wisconsin is very old and well consolidated.
However, Caruso also stated that the 1.5 magnitude quake would have likely only been felt within a few blocks around its epicenter, which fails to explain why people 80 miles away in Montello also reported hearing the booms.
Caruso added that it was the smallest earthquake the USGS had ever recorded which anyone actually felt.
Some residents remain unconvinced by the mini-quake explanation and suspect a cover-up. City officials have said that seismic technology which would have helped locate the epicenter and cause of the booms will now likely not be used.
This doesnt happen here, somethings wrong and somethings amiss, said Cheryl Binger, one of the several residents who isnt buying the mini-quake theory, according to Fox 11.
Indeed, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports that residents have been feeling the booms for months, noting that, Several residents questioned the solution. After all, earlier that week they were told earthquakes had been ruled out as a potential cause of the sounds that shook them awake for several nights.
The report also quotes University of Wisconsin-Madison geophysics professor Clifford Thurber, who casts doubt on the USGS explanation.
If it turns out its coming from a mile or two deep, yeah, its small earthquakes, Thurber said. But if the cause is determined to be only about 100 feet deep, then something else is happening, he said, adding that more research needs to be conducted.
I don't blame them. With out technology today, there's not much excuse for not knowing what is causing something, specifically something that goes on for several days and can be heard and felt by many different people over a widespread area.
When they immediately started reporting that we may never know what this was, that's what made me the most curious.
What they should have said was "we'll keep looking until we find out what it is".
But then to come back and say that all this was caused by a 1.5 earthquake? I don't have to live there to know that that's highly suspicious.
Stronger booms heard in Clintonville Updated: Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012, 11:36 AM CDT Published : Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012, 11:46 PM CDT
CLINTONVILLE - The booming and shaking continues in Clintonville.
Clintonville police say they received about 65 calls Tuesday night, from people reporting three or four loud booms. Officials say the calls came in from 10:35 until 11:40 p.m.
Authorities say the reports came from the same part of the city that has been experiencing the booms for more than a week, but there were also some reports farther west, including Clinton Avenue. Several callers told police that these booms were stronger than those from last week, but no damage has been reported.
City officials have been in contact with the U.S. Geological Survey about the latest booms. City Administrator Lisa Kuss says she called them last night when the booms were reported, she says she plans to touch base with them again Wednesday morning.
Kuss is reminding Clintonville residents to stay patient during this time.
Last week, officials confirmed a magnitude 1.5 earthquake hit the city.