Are frost quakes responsible for loud cracking booms in Toronto and Wisconsin?
Cryoseism or frost quakes?!? Yes, how come this is the first time in my entire life I’ve ever heard of such a phenomenon? Surely it gets cold in the winter year after year, but I’ve never, ever heard of this until now. And everybody (the mainstream news) explains mysterious booms with this new weather phenomenon! Easy no?
Many people reported again hearing loud booms around Toronto and much of the eastern half of the country. According to meteorologists, these booming noises were the result of a “frost quake,” a weather phenomenon caused by ice expanding in the ground. Moreover, around northeast Wisconsin, more precisely in Greenbay, cold weather also seems to be the cause of weird and loud cracking noises in homes. They send a cold-weather message!
Cryoseism, often referred to as an “ice quake,” is caused when water in the ground expands in extreme cold. All of a sudden that ice starts to expand — it’s like having a lid on top of a bottle, that pressure builds and builds until finally something gives, the ice expands, the pressure is released, the ground cracks and we hear what sounds or even feels like a very localized earthquake.
This is not an earthquake. It’s ice expanding under the ground, and it leads to a loud boom and gets folks pretty scared when it happens in the middle of the night. Very rare, very cool but very scary. Do you think these ice quakes are responsible for these mysterious booms? Hemmm…