Experts say explosion-like sounds, shakes are likely ice quakes

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 7:02 AM

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Some strange booms have shaken residents in Fond du Lac County.

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dsppppJan. 9, 14 7:17 AM

It used to be a common occurrence at our house in East Bethel in the dead of winter.

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philpyramJan. 9, 14 8:14 AM

If people remember 1996, we got a rainstorm and then a quick freeze in January, and shortly thereafter people all over were experiencing ice quakes in the ice layer on their roofs. Woke a lot of people up in the middle of the night wondering, what the?

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davehougJan. 9, 14 8:41 AM

Is this different than the "booming" that occurs on lakes when ice cracks loudly?? Does this happen away from lakes and on roofs??? more info please.

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ralph6767Jan. 9, 14 8:47 AM

@philpyram, I indeed recall what you described in 1996. It was in the -30s in town a few days after a thunderstorm. I remember being awake in bed heading those loud booms echoing throughout our neighborhood. It seemed like my deck and roof were exploding.

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flogdolphinJan. 9, 1410:30 AM

Just another meth lab blowing up in a local ice fishing shack.

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rogerbJan. 9, 1410:35 AM

I remember that 96 storm. The weathermen called for a foot or more of snow but it all came as rain and then froze before it had a chance to run off anywhere. Shortly afterwards I believe was our -32 degree day.

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widow124Jan. 9, 1411:19 AM

philpyram - i remember too! the underpass by Broadway Pizza in North Mpls was flooded and I drove my pickup on the sidewalk, where it wasn't as deep, to get to my night-shift job. Next morning some of my engine pulleys were frozen. My friend's car was parked on the road in standing water. The ice formed around the shape of his tires 5" high and we couldn't even rock the car to get it out. Quite the night!

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Mplsuptown1Jan. 9, 1412:00 PM

Here outside of New RIchmond, WI I have been hearing these popping sounds regularly and sometimes they are quite loud. Not exactly sure what's causing this.

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sfwugJan. 9, 1412:02 PM

The scientific phenomenon is called cryoseism. Do a search on the word and you'll get a wonderful scientific explanation.

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