USGS: Mi­cro-quake near city both­ered by booms

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MIL­WAU­KEE | Fed­eral ge­ol­o­gists con­firmed Thurs­day that a mi­nor earth­quake oc­curred this week near the east­ern Wis­con­sin city where re­searchers have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of un­ex­plained boom­ing sounds.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said the 1.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck Tues­day just af­ter mid­night in Clin­tonville, a town of about 4,600 peo­ple about 40 miles west of Green Bay.

Geo­physi­cist Paul Caruso said that loud boom­ing noises have been known to ac­com­pany earth­quakes. He said the mys­te­ri­ous sounds that town of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing could be linked to the quake.

“To be hon­est, I’m skep­ti­cal that there’d be a sound re­port as­so­ci­ated with such a small earth­quake, but it’s pos­si­ble,” Mr. Caruso said.

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