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Fracking, HAARP, and Worldwide Strange Booming Sounds

Updated on June 23, 2014

In March of 2012 Residents of Clintonville, Wisconsin were wakened in the dead of night by loud booming sounds. The booming noises occurred nightly over the course of an entire week. Local authorities could find not cause for the sounds and investigation by the U.S. Geological Service (the USBS) at first revealed nothing.

The sounds could not be attributed to transformers blowing up, electrical storms, aircraft, or geological events.

The Clintonville sounds have stopped, but similar sounds were heard in late May in West Michigan towns, just across the lake from Wisconsin. One Kalamazoo Michigan man awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of one of these deafening booms, looked outside to see if a storm had hit, and saw that the weather was calm and dry but two huge trees in his front yard had cracked neatly in half at exactly the same spot.

These strange booms, which sound much like the sonic boom caused by a high speed aircraft, have since been heard all over the world, in places as diverse and as far apart as Scotland, Florida, France, and Australia.

Explanations, such as they are, have been sketchy and frustrating.

One city council official in a small Australian town who attributed the booms to the release of numbers of cockatoos back into the wild, noting that the birds can be 'quite noisy'.

Two months after the Clintonville Wisconsin sounds were heard, the USGS found that a magnitude 1.3 earthquake had in fact hit near Clintonville that same week. No one made the connection to the booms, because an earthquake of that size is so faint as the be nearly unnoticeable.

The official who offered up the tiny earthquake explanation even admitted that it was difficult for him to understand how such minor seismic activity could create such huge sounds, but since that was the only anomaly found that week, it must be the cause.

HAARP antennae array.
HAARP antennae array. | Source

Possible Explanations

Some explanations are plausible but none have been confirmed. Others veer toward conspiracy theory, but just because an explanation sounds paranoid doesn't mean it is wrong. Certainly the U.S. military has a history of keeping new weapons secret until they are used, and national security demands secrecy on other issues as well.

A few of the more compelling possible explanations include:

  1. Fracking. Fracking is a controversial process for extracting natural gas from deposits of underground shale. Recent evidence indicates that fracking may well increase the number of small earthquakes in the immediate vicinity. Some people believe that fracking is capable of triggering a large scale geological event if the practice continued at the current level.
  2. Sonic Booms from Stealth Aircraft. The U.S. military has been openly working on a number of vehicles, both on land and in the air, which cannot be detected by radar and cannot be seen. One of the more openly shared examples is a truck which is fitted with technology that projects the scenery on the opposite side onto the truck itself, making it nearly invisible to the naked eye. Tests on aircraft which have been rendered undetectable could create large booming noises that are impossible to trace.
  3. HAARP. HAARP is a US government test programs that is the target of numerous conspiracy theories. HAARP stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. HAARP's stated purpose is to scan the ionosphere for radio communications and surveillance, but conspiracy theorists claim that HAARP is capable of modifying weather, and may be responsible for the mysterious booms. The US government has recently announced that it plans to disable HAARP in the near future.

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      Pamela Hutson 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Hi bac2basics! Yes it's very strange. Probably there is a natural explanation, and yours sounds as good as any others so far to me. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi CR. I was drawn to read this hub because I remember visiting an aunt 40 years ago who said they had been hearing loud booms during the night in Bath England, she put it down to testing of military aircraft, a distinct possibility. I now live in Valencia Spain and last week a friend from Holland was visiting her house which is situated on the other side of the mountain near me and she told me she had been disturbed so much by unexplained booms during the night that she actually got up 3 times and went out with a torch to investigate but could find nothing to explain the noises. We have had a lot of gale force winds here just lately and I think sometimes the wind weaving through the mountains builds up and literally explodes, but that´s just my theory. I haven´t personally experienced any booms in the night, maybe if I had I would be looking for a different explanation.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Hi MB. Thank you for sharing your experience with this. I wish, if it is military, they would tell us so. Anything with the power to make such huge sounds seems like something the public should be in on. And yes, it's been happening all over the US. Very eerie indeed!

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      MB 5 years ago

      I have been sitting here listening to them for hours in Southern Orange County California. Given my proximity to Camp Pendleton it could very well be military testing. At first I attributed it to really loud thunder but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I keep hearing it from the ocean side as if it were from a distance but still very loud, just with a couple of follow up waves as if you were getting good reverb or delay. It is extremely eerie and picking up pace. The fact that it is 1 in the morning here makes it even more disturbing. Sleep won't come easy for me tonight, you can actually feel the vibrations pretty prominently. Thanks for the article, I figured it was most likely either artillery testing (then I realized that would likely not happen this late at night in this area), so more likely some sort of aircraft testing. I hope more information shows up and we don't experience this for more than tonight.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Thank you for visiting Parks!

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Interesting stuff. I believe you're on the right track with the stealth aircraft. Thanks for the very well written piece.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Thanks alocsin! I appreciate you coming by and commenting! :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd heard about these sounds and thanks for the video so skeptics can hear them too. Have no idea where they come from but they definitely sound strange. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Hi Alastar, I went looking for it but couldn't find it. If you have a link, could you post it? I'd love to see the vid. :)

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      CR, if you want to see and hear a very intriguing home vid go to Dorsi's site and scroll down to the link MarkBennis has on the comments. If you do let me know what you think.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Wow. It's amazing that an aircraft could cause the earth to shake.

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I understand earth tremors in Aberdeen Scotland recently have been attributed to supersonic booms from military aircraft.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Alex, that was my thought too. The military would deny it but it still could be that.

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      It could be sonic booms from undocumented military test flights.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Hi Headfullofsound. Thank you for your comment. I agree with you about UFOs and the U.S. military. It's so convoluted at this point that we may never know what they are really up to (the military). But the booming noises, yikes. They may be harmless (or not) but they definitely are unsettling.

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      Headfullofsound 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for thinking rationally about unexplained phenomena like this in a conspiracy-crazy world. Still, I like to personally think that the US military is involved in a lot of UFO sightings. :)