Theories behind Wellington's hum
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:56a.m.
By Janika ter Ellen
Noise control officers in the capital are trying to track down the source of a mysterious humming sound around Wellington's inner suburbs.
They're investigating complaints of a low-pitched droning noise in Mt Victoria, Mt Cook and Newtown.
Its source is a mystery, and it's causing sleepless nights.
"Most people have rung in the middle of the night and they have described it as a low-pitched hum that basically keeps them awake," says council spokesperson Clayton Anderson.
Mount Victoria resident and writer Marian Evans says she heard the hum on and off yesterday but hasn’t heard it today.
“I recognised the hum because it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard which I usually block out when I’m writing,” she says.
Other residents describe the hum as sounding similar to a hum recorded by scientists on Auckland's North Shore in 2006.
"My partner heard something that she thought was a hum on Sunday," one resident told 3 News.
Noise control officers despatched by the city council have failed to find the source, let alone hear the sound themselves.
One theory is that power stations create the noise, but this one is on the other side of town.
Another theory is it is houses in dips or hollows that hear the sound, and when the wind blows over the hill, it creates a resonance effect.
Some people think it's the cumulative effect of many fridges sitting next to sinks and reverberating.
And people aren't shy about coming forward with their own theories.
"One guy said it could be extractor fans from bakeries that work at night, that's like, yeah, but there's no bakeries really in Mount Vic," says Mr Anderson.
"Another guy said it could be Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, lying under Mount Vic."
It's perhaps another theory for the council to investigate.
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13/10/2012 10:25:09 a.m.
HAARP is credible. Look it up
13/10/2012 8:20:57 a.m.
Anon e-mouse wrote:
Have heard a low pitched hum in Te Atatu, Auckland this morning from about 7am, never heard it here before.
12/10/2012 9:21:52 p.m.
Why don't you link the stories and what people are trying to tell you. You have the technology but like the CIA too much information and you can:t join the dots. Pathetic!
12/10/2012 6:05:49 p.m.
It was the Singaporean naval ship in port at the time - for 8 days - we heard it clearly from our place day and night. The minute the ship left port the hum stopped. Out of interest the ship was technologically highly advanced and no doubt had substantial surveillance capability. It was a strange looking vessel - I'm surprised no reporter picked it up!
12/10/2012 1:56:33 p.m.
Dr Who Fan wrote:
Daleks, its got to be.
11/10/2012 4:03:57 p.m.
HAARP is at least as ridiculous as vibrating sinks, or dragons.
11/10/2012 11:03:53 a.m.
Underlying rock under compression stress, creating an audible hum? Earthquakes anyone?
11/10/2012 1:31:49 a.m.
Could be a hive wrote:
I heard stories about mysterious hums back in the 1990's, even then it had been going on for some time.
10/10/2012 9:14:25 p.m.
This may sound stupid but I live in Auck & ive ben hearing a droning hum for last month!!!! Dont thk its a dragon though!
10/10/2012 7:56:30 p.m.
I have been hearing the hum for 4 years. Started when living on taita drive, not long after installing a digital sign advising what speed your doing right outside. Then followed me to j,ville. Lived above motorway with lots of digital signs. Maugaraki and now stokes valley. Same sign is a few metres away in both suburbs.
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