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Mysterious booms rattle homes in Oklahoma

By T.K. Randall
January 11, 2015 · Comment icon 38 comments

The sounds could be heard over a large area of the state. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Nicholas A. Tonelli
Scientists have been attempting to determine what has been causing the spate of unexplained explosions.
Residents of central Oklahoma reported hearing loud noises on Thursday and Friday as the region was rocked by a series of booming sounds that rattled homes and startled livestock.

"We thought some nut was out here, you know, with explosives," said Anthony Young who lives on the outskirts of Oklahoma City.

"It sounded like thunder, you could feel the ground shake, but it was nothing like an earthquake."
Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland confirmed that no earthquakes had occurred in the area and that the sounds were unlikely to have been produced by drilling or fracking.

One theory put forward suggested that the booms had been caused by a phenomenon known as a "frost quake", which occurs when water quickly freezes in soil or rock and then expands, however meteorologist Matthew Day believes that this explanation is unlikely.

"There's not enough moisture, and the temperatures are not cold enough," he said.

"We don't know what it was, we just know what it is not."

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Comment icon #29 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
Except of course:
Comment icon #30 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 10 years ago
Given the intervals, sonic booms make sense. Of course, no one is supposed to exceed the sound barrier near residential areas, but that doesn't mean someone wasn't being naughty. That happened occasionally in Terre Haute near the airbase (when there was an airbase there). I haven't heard any other plausible explanations that fit the evidence. Well, it's an easy enough explanation, no need for anything much more complicated than that. But, our explanation isn't as fun/nuts/over-the-top I guess.
Comment icon #31 Posted by docyabut2 10 years ago
http://en.wikipedia....xplained_sounds The name was given because the sound slowly decreases in frequency over about 7 minutes. It was recorded using an autonomous hydrophone array.[1] The sound has been picked up several times each year since 1997.[5] One of the hypotheses on the origin of the sound is moving ice in Antarctica. Sound spectrograms of vibrations caused by friction closely resemble the spectrogram of the Slow Down. This suggests the source of the sound could have been caused by the friction between a large ice sheet moving over land.[5]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Hammerclaw 10 years ago
The sound of the overburden collapsing fracked strata.
Comment icon #33 Posted by danielost 10 years ago
Fracking maybe? That has been causing a lot of problems, are they fracking in the area? they already ruled fracking out, read the story.
Comment icon #34 Posted by danielost 10 years ago
could it be meteors blowing up just above ground.
Comment icon #35 Posted by NiteMarcher 10 years ago
Even if they ruled out fracking, I still wouldn't believe them. You're dealing with gas many, many miles deep...they've forced further cracks within the strata, methane has also leaked into the water tables/aquifers...and everywhere this fracking has occurred, minor earthquakes are taking place. Gas will blow...and it's probably all blowing up beneath the surface. Mankind is totally destroying the grounds that we walk on...even sink holes are becoming more frequent in many of these areas.
Comment icon #36 Posted by White Crane Feather 10 years ago
Some nut in the woods. There are some intersting people that live out that way.
Comment icon #37 Posted by fldinosaur 10 years ago
I see this story was the 11th but just the last few days had quakes in central Oklahoma. No such thing as coincidence!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 10 years ago
No such thing as coincidence! Wrong. But why do you think this?

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