Despite receiving an explanation for recent shakes and booms, some Clintonville residents are watching and waiting to see what happens next.
The Waupaca County city has been rocked by mysterious sounds for much of the week. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Thursday a 1.5 magnitude earthquake hit early Tuesday morning.
Geological experts say loud booming noises can accompany earthquakes. The City Administrator says the public is safe. Officials will meet with the DNR to check on water and sewer systems. WE Energies checked for a fourth time, and did not find any gas leaks.
Still, some in Clintonville are seeking extra protection for the future.
"I felt it at my home one night. It was like, 'whoa!' You've never had that experience before," said State Farm Insurance agent Dale Mahlik.
The phenomenon of a small earthquake hitting Clintonville has taken even insurance agents, the guys who prepare for the worst, by surprise.
"Not living in Wisconsin, it's the furthest thing from our mind," he said about being up on earthquake policies. "That's what makes it so concerning to people because we've never experienced it before."
Insurance agents say earthquake coverage generally doesn't come standard on most home insurance policies in this area. But now many of the residents in Clintonville are seeking it out.
"Typically we've never had quakes in the area, so people haven't had it," said Mahlik.
Mahlik says he had to brush up on how much coverage costs. He says it's around $25 to $40 a year for the average house, and can be removed at any time.
"It gives people peace of mind," said Mahlik.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the last recorded earthquake centered in Wisconsin happened south of Milwaukee in 1947. It caused minor damage. No size data was recorded.
As Clintonville comes to grips with its own earthquake, Administrator Lisa Kuss says the city has returned the geological equipment in rented to find the source of the shaking.
"On Monday, we'll see what happens over the weekend and evaluate whether there's any value to us bringing in those monitory devices," said Kuss.
Officials and neighbors in Clintonville say they'll be on guard in case something does happen again.
For now, however, they're beginning to take a bit of pride and ownership in the 1.5 magnitude quake.
"It's a very small earthquake," said Mahlik, with a laugh. "But it's our earthquake."
Kuss says people should continue to call in any reports of rumblings this weekend. She also says safety information will soon be posted on the city's website.
Anyone who hears strange noises is asked to call police at (715) 823-3117.
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