Yes this is a real thing.
The Canadian government announced it was launching a study into the source of the mysterious “Windsor hum,” a loud vibration that has caused complaints from citizens in the Ontario border city for nearly two years.
Ottawa is funding a study by scientists at the University of Windsor and Western University into what is causing the recurring vibration, which has been powerful enough to knock objects off shelves and rattle windows.
“Our government takes this issue seriously and is following up on our commitment to find a solution that works for the people of Windsor,” parliamentary secretary for Foreign Affairs Bob Dechert said in a statement Monday.
An earlier investigation by Natural Resource Canada pinpointed the noise to the Michigan industrial area of Zug Island.
River Rouge (the municipality that includes Zug Island) has said they do not have the funds to investigate the source of the hum any further than they have.
Residents have said the hum is hurt their quality of life and disturbed their sleep.
“We have picture frames on the wall and they were shaking last night,” Sonya Skillings, a mother of two, told The Windsor Star last January. “It’s never been that bad where we actually had things move on the walls.”
Residents have described the hum as similar to a truck idling.
“Our government will continue to work with the people of Windsor and others to hopefully pinpoint the source of the Windsor Hum,” Dechert said. “We want to protect citizens’ quality of life. To get a solution, we first need to find the source. This study is a step in the right direction.”