Could the “booms” that have been heard up in Clintonville, Wisconsin really be micro-earthquakes or could some other phenomenon be at work?
No damage normally associated with earthquakes has been reported. I’m not even sure anyone other than this Jordan Pfeiler has actually heard the “booms”.
Geophysicist Paul Caruso told The Associated Press that loud booming noises have been known to accompany earthquakes. It’s possible the mysterious sounds reported by Ms. Pfeiler 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 surface, Caruso said but, “To be honest, I’m skeptical that there’d be a sound report associated with such a small earthquake, but it’s possible.”
I am not licensed to practice Geophysics in the state of Wisconsin but if I were investigating these “booms” I would stock by Ms. Pfeiler’s home and see do a short survey of what her husband has been eating or drinking. If things like baked beans, broccoli, any Mexican food, and/orbeer have been his recent feeding choices something else could be going on.
It might be worth investigating if Mr. Pfeiler has been the possible source of these “booms” and lacking a close by dog, baby, or squeaky chair is blaming the “booms” on micro-earthquakes.
If anything, you have to give Mr. Pfeiler an “A” for creativity. I just hope these micro-earthquakes don’t spread to other parts of the country. This could but the whole nuclear power industry in a panic since we know that earthquakes seem to gravitate to nuclear power plants the way tornadoes seem to always hit trailer parks.