What is that mysterious booming sound?

Seismological Research Letters



The residents of coastal North Carolina are occasionally treated to sequences of booming sounds of unknown origin. The sounds are often energetic enough to rattle windows and doors. A recent sequence occurred in early January 2011 during clear weather with no evidence of local thunder storms. Queries by a local reporter (Colin Hackman of the NBC affiliate WETC in Wilmington, North Carolina, personal communication 2011) seemed to eliminate common anthropogenic sources such as sonic booms or quarry blasts. So the commonly asked question, “What's making these booming sounds?” remained (and remains) unanswered.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title What is that mysterious booming sound?
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/gssrl.82.5.619
Volume 82
Issue 5
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Seismological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Seismological Research Letters
First page 619
Last page 622
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