Clintonville today: The booms have returned in Clintonville, reportedly louder and longer than before.
“Between the times of 10:35 and 10:50 p.m., we received 60 phone calls from residents indicating that they were again hearing very loud, booming, rumbling-type noises,” said Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss.
“Some were indicating that it was even louder than it was last week.”
Last week, Kuss announced that geologists had discovered earthquakes of as high as 1.5 on the Richter scale in an area not known for them.
According to Kuss, these may have been more powerful, and extended for a longer period of time.
“Someone indicated that it seemed worse than last week. It also appeared that the rumbling duration lasted longer,” said Kuss, who explained that the quakes of recent weeks had subsided over the weekend.
“It seemed like it was a little bit different in duration. Clearly, the intensity is back, whereas Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there (were) no events that generated that volume of calls.”
Kuss tells us that the U.S. Geological Survey had not given any information yet to show that these were earthquakes.
“As of this point, they have not seen anything that they can tell, but what we learned last week was that there was quickly a delay in the information, because they don’t have a lot of permanent stations here.”
The booms were first reported on the night of Sunday 18th of March and continued for several nights before apparently abating. City officials had hoped to bring closure to the mystery after the US Geological Survey reported that the town had suffered a minor 1.5 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday last week. However, residents reacted with skepticism, noting that the booms occurred before the earthquake and were also felt 80 miles away in a different town, a fact that contradicts the USGS’ assertion that “the 1.5 magnitude quake would have likely only been felt within a few blocks around its epicenter.”
The fact that the booms are continuing to rattle the town will only increase suspicions that the earthquake explanation was merely a cover story for something else. Experts also expressed doubt at the official explanation, with Wisconsin-Madison geophysics professor Clifford Thurber suggesting the booms are originating from only about 100 feet below ground, ruling out the earthquake theory. Speculation as to the true source of the booms has raged. Explanations vary between everything from secret military tunneling to carbon sequestration, which has been known to cause artificial earthquakes in the past. Earthquakes in Wisconsin are extremely rare. The largest took place in 1947 immediately south of Milwaukee, but its magnitude was not recorded. The quake shook buildings but was relatively minor and caused no injuries. For the same area of the town of Clintonville to be hit by two separate earthquakes in the space of a week is virtually impossible, unless the cause is man-made.
Beside the possibility of secret military tunneling, we refer also to other possible causes of the mysterious booms –read our previous articles: Yellowstone Supervolcano + Strange ‘Rumbles’ in Clintonville Wisconsin Explained and Dozens of plumes erupt – 10 states at the same time, USA – March 26, 2012