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UPDATE: UW Geologists puzzled by booms in Clintonville


MADISON (WKOW) -- Residents in Clintonville are hearing and feeling large booms for a third straight day.

There are still no answers as to what might be causing them, but Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss said the booms are no joke.

"You can see why people are startled.  It rattles you because its so loud and it does really feel like something would have exploded near you or outside of you or hit the building that you're in," said Kuss.

University of Wisconsin Geologist Harold Tobin is trying to help figure out what might be causing the problem.

"Staff at the Wisconsin Geological Survey were contacted and then they asked us to just take a look at whether there was any unusual seismic activity or any signals we could see on seismometers in the region near Clintonville," Tobin told 27 News.

But Tobin said there is nothing to indicate the booms are being caused by anything related to standard earthquake activity.

"Honestly I'm as confused and intrigued as anybody about what's going on exactly," said Tobin.

Answers like that are starting to get very frustrating for the people of Clintonville.

"Unfortunately, that's not what we want to hear anymore than the residents is that people really are stumped," said Kuss.  "That its strange, its not truly an earthquake, yet there's clearly rumblings or something under the ground the people feel and hear."

But, Tobin told 27 News there are other instruments that geologists in the area may want to try next.

"You could place a set of them right around the region very locally that record noise in the air and also a little bit of ground vibration kind of at a higher resolution and higher frequency and that would be a way to pinpoint exactly where the sounds are coming from and what their characteristics are," said Tobin.

Tobin admits, however, there's no guarantees.

Like everyone in the state, he waits for an answer that, so far, seems elusive.


MADISON (WKOW) -- As mysterious booms continue to shake Clintonville, geologists at UW-Madison are as puzzled as anyone else about what might be causing them.

UW Geoscience Professor Harold Tobin was one of the people consulted on whether shifts in the earth may be causing the booms.

Tobin says that while there is some slight seismic activity in that area, it is not high enough to cause what is happening.

Meanwhile, officials in the City of Clintonville are seeking the help of more professionals to figure out what may be causing the noisy disruptions.

Greg Neumann is following up on this developing story and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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