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Rare ‘Frostquake’ Probably Jolted Wisconsin

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A weather event that a National Weather Service meteorologist says “[sounds] like someone drove into your house” likely took place in southern Wisconsin on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t a tornado, lightning strike, or earthquake. Instead, it was what’s called a “frostquake,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, a rare happening in the Badger State that takes place when water that seeps into the ground freezes and expands, fracturing the ground around it.

Although no damage has been called in from the so-called cryoseism, that didn’t stop the extreme-weather occurrence from frightening locals.