Infrasound Pulsation in Atwater, CA

Atwater Noise a Mystery

By Leslie Albrecht for the Merced Sun-Star
November 30, 2005

Atwater, CA - It's the riddle of the racket. Some people think it's fireworks, some say it's a broken heating unit, others blame the Dole fruit plant.

Whatever the source, the low booming noise that's been sounding day and night near Fifth Street and Bellevue Road is starting to drive residents crazy.

"It sounded like someone was standing on my roof and dropping a box full of magazines," said Cathie Southern, who lives on Spalding Avenue and last heard the noise Monday night. "It was a 'Foomp!' sound." She's heard the noise for the past three weeks, mostly at night. At its worst, it goes off about every half-hour.

The din has scared her dachshund so much that he refuses to go outside, so Southern has to pick him up and carry him out to the yard. When Southern hears the noise she sometimes runs outside to see if she can identify the source, but it always seems to stop by the time she's out the door.

She wanted to call someone to complain, but wasn't sure who to contact. "What am I gonna do? Call the police and say I've been hearing a noise, but you need to sit in my living room to hear it?" Southern said.

She called the city twice, but had to hang up while she was on hold. Southern thought the mystery was solved when her son heard the noise at the same time he saw flames shooting out of a neighbor's rooftop heating unit. It seemed to make sense. The noise happened about every half-hour, around the same time a heating unit would cycle on and off. Perhaps the heating unit was malfunctioning.

But when Southern's husband investigated, the neighbor told him the noise was coming from another house where someone was setting off CO2 rounds to scare away birds. Not so, says Hans Marsen, who lives on Valencia Way. Marsen's house is set back from the road on a lot with many trees. "Nobody can really see our property because it's up a driveway," said Marsen. "They don't know how big an area it is. So there is this kind of mystery about this property." As a result, he's gotten several phone calls from neighbors who assume the noise is coming from his yard.

"We thought it was funny," said Gloria Marsen, who described the noise as sounding like a cannon in the distance. "We could imagine all the neighbors thinking 'Oooh, what have they got intheir backyard?' " Hans joked with one caller that the noise was a result of the large amount of beans he and his wife had eaten for dinner.

But when police showed up at the Marsens' house at 10 p.m. last week, the joke got a little stale. Police asked whether the Marsens were setting off fireworks or shooting guns in their backyard. No, said the Marsens. When Gloria Marsen called the police later to follow up, they told her they had figured it out.

It's the Dole plant scaring birds away from fruit trees. Nope, says Bob Barnhouse, vice president of operations at Dole. He said Dole doesn't own any equipment to scare off birds or do anything else that makes loud noises. And there's no fruit on their trees right now, anyway. "The guys are out there thinning the trees," said Barnhouse. "They're cutting the branches off. But you don't blow them off. You cut them off."

Calls to the city, the fire department, and the police department yielded no further clues. But residents are hopeful that the source of the sound will be discovered soon. Or better yet, that the noise will stop. "It sounds like someone is blowing up a whole city block," Southern said. "If I was a bird I wouldn't be coming back."


It is quite likely that this sound will not go away, but instead may become even louder as the Earth is beginning the process of magnetic reversal. This mystery can be explained by a nonlinear infrasound structure of planetary resonance, being focused by the extant pyramid structures around the world. While the planetary hum likely emanates from the magnetic North pole, the precisely geopositioned pyramids have been designed to focus this energy into a coherent mandala pattern, as recounted by indigenous traditions around the world.

The prime transducers of infrasound are the Orion pyramids at Giza, 7,468 miles away from Atwater, CA (37.23N 120.35W), exactly 30.00% of the Earth's circumferencial distance (of 24,892 miles). Quite similar infrasound pulsations have occurred in Seattle, Washington and Klai, Vietnam.