What’s Making the Earth Hum?

StrangeNoises01Worldwide people have noticed a strange phenomenon that’s been happening for at least decades. The Earth is humming. Could this be a cryptozoological mystery or is the answer closer to home? We examine this latest clue in the mystery of the noises coming from no where!

David Deming, a geophysicist at the University of Oklahoma, believes the Hum heard ‘round the world has a global source. He quotes someone named Moir who says, “It’s a very, very low wavelength noise, perhaps between 50 or 56 Hz. And it’s extremely difficult to stop infrasound because it can have a wavelength of up to 10 meters [nearly 33 feet], and you’d need around 2.5 meter [8 feet] thick walls, built with normal materials, to keep it out. It gets into our wooden houses very easily. And part of the reason people have so much trouble identifying the source of it is because of how low frequency the Hum is: It literally  moves right through your head before you can figure out which ear picked it up first.”

According to Deming’s research the likely candidate for the hum’s origin is a US Naval system called TACAMO (Take Charge And Move On). This system uses VLF (very low frequency) radio waves to communicate with submarines far below the ocean’s surface. They use these frequencies because they are so large that they can go around just about any obstacle in its path like a mountain or skyscraper. Also, these frequencies can penetrate seawater unlike other forms of MFs.

An aside here: Remember how the original Ghost Hunters used to talk about high EMF levels in homes and/or areas? They also mentioned that there have been studies done where high levels of these waves can cause hallucinations, depression, and a host of other symptoms.

Back to the Earth hum.


Deming points out that peoples’ experiences with the Hum, as well as scientific data collected in those areas, sometimes conflict. The problem is further complicated by the entrance of all the conspiracy theorists who blame the noises on UFOs, grand governmental plots to overthrow the world, and the like. Personally, I think we can put all those “theories” aside. The Earth is a noisy place and people are naturally noisy – I think the explanation lies in that direction.

What we need is more serious research! Deming has been encouraging more research by his peers but they are slow to respond. Deming cites one example where the Hum was investigated in the Connecticut community of Windsor. This study was federally funded and had been requested by local Connecticut authorities. Deming thinks that getting local authorities involved in the studies is the way to go. He feels the data they gather will contribute to a greater, more comprehensive view of what’s really causing the Earth to hum.

Dr. Glen MacPherson, of the University of British Columbia, runs a website dedicated to collecting information about this phenomenon. You can find it here:


MacPherson hopes through the efforts of this website that professional and independent researchers will use his data to construct effective testing procedures and methodologies.

Moir believes that unless somebody funds a serious study and finds scientists to conduct serious tests into the phenomenon, the general population will continue to blame things like telecom towers, radio bands used by the police, mobile phones and the more bizarre explanations nurtured by conspiracy theorists.  The taint of these fringe theorists is what causes serious scientists to turn away from this problem. That has to be overcome and it starts with common sense and spreading the word among the general public.

Distribution of Noise Map

If you go to MacPherson’s website you will find a global map showing where these mysterious noises are occurring. For now, we’ll concentrate on the US portion of the map.


The first thing that caught my eye was that these noises almost all seem to be in or near urban centers. Note how they follow the coastline and the busy Midwest cities. There are some that seem remote in the upper mid to West states (Montana, the Dakotas, Idaho) but we can’t tell from the map what is in those areas. I say that because these noises have been blamed on things like large industrials site noise, electrical substation noise, and pipelines. Those types of things may be in those areas.

For a long time, I thought these noises may be part of the natural world such as tectonic plate noise, volcanic grumbling, electrical build-up within the Earth, and things like that. But look at the worldwide map of noise distribution and the area in the world with the most volcanic and tectonic plate action, the Pacific Rim of Fire, has few to no reports of strange noises!

So that’s got me thinking. Maybe these noises are being caused by something(s) manmade.

Call Home Then Hang Up

To that point, remember how Deming felt the noise was mostly being caused by that Naval communication system, TACAMO?  I have to wonder, do they ever turn it off? I mean when we call someone, we call, communicate, and hang up. Doesn’t the Navy ever hang up? Maybe there’s a reason the system has to be on all the time, but if that’s true, then it’s a dirty trick. It’s not fair or right to seriously inconvenience people with these noises.

What Is Clear

Studying this problem leaves us without any doubt – more extensive research is needed. The scientific community has to get over its disdain for the topic based on the silly notions of some conspiracy theorists.

I could say the same thing. I could avoid cryptozoology altogether because there are some people with strange and wild ideas about EVERYTHING we talk about, from Bigfoot, to aliens, to mermaids and beyond. But I stick to the scientific side of things as much as I can.

The scientists would be able to do that even more than I can for the simple reason they are trained and qualified scientists.

I think most of us can see that there is some kind of natural or manmade phenomenon behind this nightmare and it’s something we need to solve. It’s bothering thousands of people around the world, and who knows what it’s doing to all the animals in the same areas. The potential is there for the noises to be wrecking entire ecosystems.

I don’t know what we can do to get the scientists involved, but if I can think of something, you can bet I’m going to do it!


Have you ever heard these strange Earth noises? What do you think they are?








  1. Interesting! I’m looking forward to hearing more of this. The U.S. map bothers me, though. It’s not really a map of noise distribution; it’s a map of REPORTS of noise. It’s entirely the possible the noise is the same in un-populated areas, but there’s no one there to hear it and make a noise. The scientific method would require a carefully plotted sampling of all types of geography/terrain and population.

    I LOVE the pic from Singin’ in the Rain, by the way. Your articles are well-written, interesting, and humorous. I really appreciate your analytical approach.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Incognita, I really appreciate them! You have an excellent point about plotting terrain and populations throughout the country. I wish I knew how to get the scientists interested in doing so. Maybe with time.

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