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The strange noises from the sky are back in the news. From the recent reports of unexplained noises heard in Vancouver, to the more recent ones being reported in Wisconsin, the unexplained sounds and rattles continue to shake up residents all over the world.

CNN broke the story about loud thunderous rattling being heard in Clintonville, Wisconsin. For days now the strange sounds have plagued the small community, leaving many scratching their heads. Preliminary checks by the utility companies yielded nothing that could explain these noises. Many experts believe in a natural explanation for this, while others have a more supernatural explanation.


Full source: CNN

(CNN) — Mysterious explosions. Unexplained shaking. Something’s going on in Clintonville, Wisconsin, but nobody seems to know what it is.

The sounds — variously described as rattling pipes, clanging metal, thunder or firecrackers — have continued on and off since early Sunday night in just one part of the small town of 4,600, located about 180 miles northeast of Madison.

Accompanying the sounds are vibrations that have shaken homes and household objects in the northeast corner of town, city manager Lisa Kuss said.

The sounds were loud enough Monday morning that a CNN journalist could hear them during a cell phone conversation with Kuss.

The baffling phenomenon does not appear to have caused any significant damage or injuries, according to Kuss.

Workers peered into manhole covers and utility crews tested for leaking natural gas and other problems, but no one has yet to find anything amiss, Kuss said.

Geologists and the military don’t seem to have any quick answers, either, she said.

U.S. Geological Survey records show no seismic activity anywhere in Wisconsin Sunday or Monday.

“It’s like we’re imagining things but it ain’t, because we’re all out and talking to find out what’s going on,” Clintonville resident Verda Shultz told CNN affiliate WLUK.

Absent any better explanations for the sounds and sensations that have, well, rattled, the town, residents were left to their own devices to come up with explanations.

“My bet is on gremlins,” one Facebook user jokingly posted to WLUK’s Facebook page. Alien machinery buried for millennia, countered another.

No, said one one tongue-in-cheek Twitter user. It’s clearly mole men launching their attack on the surface dwellers.

While the Wisconsin sounds have yet to be explained, mysterious booming noises are not all that unusual. Recent media accounts include reports from North Carolina, Idaho, Tennessee and others.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist David Hill even published a paper in 2011 called, “What is That Mysterious Booming Sound?”

In it, he said such sounds are so commonplace in upstate New York, they earned the nickname “Seneca guns.” They’re also well enough known to be named by residents of Belgium, the countries around the Bay of Bengal, Italy and Japan, among other places, he wrote.

While the specific source of such sounds is rarely found, natural explanations abound, Hill said.

One possible explanation is gas explosively escaping from underground rock formations. Another is a rock burst, which can happen when mining or quarrying uncovers long-buried rock, suddenly relieving stress and resulting in “locally loud, explosive reports.”

Others include meteorites, a phenomenon known as “booming sands” or even distant thunder, sounds that Hill wrote can be carried for significant distances under proper atmospheric conditions.

  • Jeu

    I had a incident in my home where I heard a loud knocking at my front door.  I opened my door and there was no one there. Later I heard it again and I went out side and could not see anyone. A friend told me to check and see if it was coming from my pc.  My grandaughter had set my computer to make the knocking for alerts.  I checked and found that was where the noise was coming from. It was a weird feeling to here the noise and not knowing where was coming from.  James Ed

  • Scott_McMan

    My guess would be that because the planet is warming at an unbelievable rate, it’s causing violent underground reactions.

    “Frost Action” could be at the center of this issue in Wisconsin. While frost action is thought of mainly during the freezing, it can also have a major effect during the thawing. With almost no winter to speak of, the frozen subterranean earth may be thawing too rapidly.

    For the month of March, Clintonville has already hit 80+ F four times. We need only look to 2011 to see a drastic comparison where in the entire month of March the temp never even hit 60. Want even more? For the entire previous 12 years, the area had temps of 80 or higher for only “3” days! In fact most every year prior had average highs in the low 60s.

    So, in this year alone they’ve had more days of 80 degree weather than in the previous decade (+) combined.

  • Valkyrie13

    I don’t understand why more people aren’t concerned about what a mild winter this has been.  I know it’s only one season, but it’s an insanely mild season.  

  • RednGreen

    Yeah but Val, think back to when we were kids.. we had mild winters all the time, and when the crazy winters started a few years ago I found myself thinking, “I don’t understand why more people aren’t concerned about what crazy winters we’re having.” lol

  • Etonius Strangeonius

    After eating two black bean burritos for lunch, I heard a strange rumbling from my stomach.  It began to rattle uncomfortably.  Then, a loud blast of hot, moist air escaped from my intestinal tract, and all was calm again.  Except for the people cursing at me and scrambling to get away from the scene, all was normal.  I even felt better.

  • Scott_McMan

    It has since been discovered that several small earthquakes had hit the area.

  • Rmon

    thanx for the follow-up!