Residents of a town in Oregon have been have expressed fear that a mysterious screaming sound that has plagued them every day and night may be an omen of some kind of impending doom.
The unexplained screeching noises have occurred in Forest Grove, Oregon – and residents are so frightened of the high-pitched sounds that they have begun preparing for the arrival of aliens or a catastrophic event.
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One resident said the sounds resemble a violin being played:
What it sounds most like is bowing the edge of a metal plate -yes, a violin or base fiddle bow and a thin plate of steel say a foot square.
An old physics prof made one, dusted flour on the plate, and bowed it to demonstrate the vibration nodes.
— Chris Liedle (@chrisliedle) February 16, 2016
Locals called in officials after posting details of the plight on Facebook, but no one can explain it.
Dave Nemeyer, fire marshal of the Fire and Rescue in Forest Grove tried to help.
He told ABC News: “It’s definitely a horrendous noise.
“I have no idea what the noise is. Residents described to us that it was coming from the middle of the street.
“To me, it sounds like the sound of train tracks, that metal screeching sound, but there are no train tracks near her home, so that’s obviously ruled out.”
Rick Vanderkin, the city’s public works superintendent, said it was hard to locate the source was the noise was not always happening.
He said it was even more difficult to make an “educated guess as to what’s creating the noise”.
Officials have ruled out a water valve, a gas leak and wildlife as possible culprits.
Forest Grove resident Colleen Ahrens said she has been woken up three or four times by the sound.
She said: “It almost sounds like someone needs to change their brakes.”
She said her husband is a mechanic and when she described the noise to him, he thought a worn brake pad could be the source.
But after he listened to the recording, he was not so sure.
Another woman claimed to hear the noise repeatedly.
Scott C Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily, suggested it could be the noise of a visiting UFO.