One Year Anniversary of Clintonville Booms
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CLINTONVILLE, Wis.--Wednesday marks one year since a series of mysterious booms and shakes rocked Clintonville.
A U.S. Geological Survey later showed it was actually a 1.5 magnitude earthquake, which put the small town in the national spotlight.
Doris Camann of Clintonville will take the snow this spring over an earthquake any day.
"The first night was real scary because I thought it was something in my home. It sounded like almost like fireworks, and you could feel a bit of shaking," Camann said.
Lives were shaken from down below, spreading fear of the unknown for days. City Administrator Lisa Kuss says last fall, there were only a few reports of booms.
"Our guess is people are probably hearing just some normal noise outside that may sound similar," Kuss said.
Over the last year, the city has sold more than a thousand T-shirts that read "I survived the 1.5".
"At the end of the day, it was a good experience for the community to show that we came together. We handled something," Kuss said. "Certainly people will tell you anywhere they go for the past year, people will remember and say--Is your town still booming?"
A chilling reminder Camann will never forget.
"It was a once in a lifetime occurrence I hope," Camann said.
The city administrator doesn't expect Clintonville to get hit by another earthquake, but the experience has taught the community that anything is possible.