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Canadian officials: Zug Island to blame for mysterious "Windsor hum"

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Canadian officials say they’ve identified the source of a persistent “hum” that’s aggravated many Windsor residents for months.

Their conclusion, based on seismological data: the vibration is coming from the vicinity of Zug Island, a heavy industry hotspot that sits just downriver from Detroit.

Windsor City Councillor Al Maghnieh is relieved to finally have some answers about the noise, which has shaken houses--and residents--for nearly a year. But he says investigators still need to locate the exact source of the mystery vibration.

Maghnieh notes that Zug Island has housed heavy industry since the turn of the 20th century. The question facing investigators now: What’s changed in the last year or so to cause the persistent rumbling?

“Is there new industry there that's using some sort of equipment, or a new manufacturing process that those industries have adopted, that may be causing this rumbling, humming noise? It’s like the process of elimination, starting from the top to the bottom and just going through exactly why is it being caused now. What’s happening differently now than before?”

Canadian agencies have no jurisdiction in the U.S. Zug Island is technically under the jurisdiction of the city of River Rouge, whosemayor has vowed to continue investigating.

Maghnieh says he’s optimistic officials on both sides of the border will work together to pinpoint where the noise is coming from.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.