Mysterious Ringing Hum Baffles Seattle Residents

Mass auditory hallucination? Military experiments in the Pacific Northwest? Hear a local’s alleged recording of the eerie, low tone here. Washington’s KING5 writes:

Julie Schickling stood out on her porch in West Seattle just after midnight because she couldn’t explain what she was hearing. So she recorded the sound. “It gets high and lower, and goes away, then comes back,” said Schickling.

Some of her neighbors report being shaken out of bed by the low rumble, also described as a growl. In fact, as many people you talk with is about how many different words you heard to describe it. “It is kind of creepy,” Kay Kirkpatrick, the West Seattle resident said of the sound. “It creeps you out a little bit.”

Some long time residents say they’ve heard this sound before over the years. Others say it’s the first encounter they’ve had with the eerie noise.

The neighboring large industries say they aren’t to blame. Then what is? Something the City of Seattle is looking into.

22 Comments on "Mysterious Ringing Hum Baffles Seattle Residents"

  1. Sounds like a cross between an propeller airplane and a digerati didgeridoo

  2. JohnFrancisBittrich | Sep 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

    it’s the thinny.

  3. Acoustics expert dude | Sep 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

    Interesting. Had an experience last night with LF sound myself (I live across from a major airport). Whatever the cause, the effects are crazy: 

  4. Banwhaling | Sep 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    sounds like the soundtrack to an xfiles episode to me

  5. Calypso_1 | Sep 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    Ah the sounds of a vent fan in a pipe system.  Oscillatory standing waves are rather spooky.  Probably somebody’s grow op.

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  6. Rex Vestri | Sep 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm |


    • no brain?

    • CosmicAmazing | Sep 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |

      HAARP has the capabilities to cause something like this but it’s highly unlikely that it would be used in this way. Unless they are trying to cause an earthquake in that area. 
      It’s funny that people will throw HAARP out as a cause, for sarcasm or a illegitimate guess. 

  7. Its tunnel drilling for underground millitary trains. Look it up. They use lazers that drill 7 miles a day and leave a glossy black hole. All US millitary bases are connected by these underground trains.

  8. Nobango23 | Sep 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

    It’s fish.

  9. Jesus Christ people. That could literally be anything, yet here you are with your “Secret tunnels” and “HAARP” nonsense. God!

  10. Simiantongue | Sep 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm |

    Ominous. Probably some nubile backpackers in nearby woods. It’ll run it’s course.

  11.  Almost like the sound from Zug Island in Detroit

  12. That’s Led Zeppelin

  13. I live in Seattle. The fish theory was debunked. I’m pretty confident it’s the SR99 tunnel project. They were using cranes and drills to dig a launch point for the biggest bore in the world to start next year. 

    Peep this: 

    If that’s not the case, I would suspect it is from the neighboring industrial district on the east side or the shipping cranes/barges to the north harbor. 

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