UPDATE 1/26: Mystery Solved. The rumble is thought to have come from the air and not the earth. A military company named Pacific Aerospace admits to causing the tremors. The company says they were blasting to bond metals. Pacific Aerospace is 40 miles away, as the crow flys, in Sequim, Washington, USA.
If those explosions caused people’s bedroom furniture to shift at a distance of 40 miles away, then I can’t imagine what it must have been like within a 20 mile radius. Seems like a case for a nuisance claim. The US is like a noisy neighbor that will never move. The Windsor, Ontario “hum” is thought to originate from Zug Island near Detroit (this has not been proven). See the post here.
Thank you commenter Keri for this update. You can see the video explaining the Vancouver rumble here.
(Insert 1/27) Ahhh, what a good night’s sleep can do. Not to be all conspiratorial, but furniture shifting 40 miles from a blast seems like cause for concern. Also, unless I missed something they said the company only blasted once and the rumble was heard over two days. Did the company just start blasting? Just sayin’. More than likely with the rumble being unexplained the media was looking for any explanation they could find.
(Insert #2 – 1/27) An interesting article from MSNBC here. The article says:
All in all, audible sounds from earthquakes might be perceived even when shaking is not, Hill suggested. For instance, while earthquakes are rare in coastal North Carolina, they are relatively common in the Charleston area of South Carolina, the site of the 1886 magnitude 7.6 Charleston quake, and the Catskill Mountains that Seneca Lake is located within do host low-level earthquake activity. Locals could be hearing an earthquake that is too small for them to feel.
I appreciate when people send me tips and I will credit you. I’m having a hard time because the net is flooded with fakes. If you feel something is worth talking about, post in the comments. If I feel it’s worth looking into I may or may not write about it. Any info is good…When the World Sings, which is relevant, came from commenter tips.
Over the past two days Residents in Sooke, Vancouver Island, Canada, have been experiencing rumbles that some believe are small earthquakes. Not so, says the Pacific Geo-Science Center. “This is not an earthquake, it will be interesting to find out what it is, it’s something of a mystery,” said seismologist, Alison Bird.
Marge Elliot, a Sooke resident says “I heard what sounded like a freight train coming, that rumbled, and it was very brief. My bed actually shifted.”
I found an article from 2009 about an unexplained sky boom in Vancouver here. I can’t say if it’s related, but seismologists also ruled out an earthquake at that time. Lately, we’ve recorded a number of sky booms around the U.S. here. And two new ones in Brazil and Kentucky here.
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Also this video below from Island News in Victoria from June, 2010 shows an example of unexplained high-pitched sounds there.
I don’t think there’s anything weird going on here. I have a feeling all of these mysteries including the high-pitched sound are simply related to seismic activity.