The source of the strange booming noise plaguing residents of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki was finally located on Tuesday.
Almost every night since December, residents of the town have been rocked by the deafening noise they describe as deafening, even otherworldly.
The sound can be heard in many areas of the city, but is most audible in the area at the intersections of Kifisias and Akropoleos streets.
Agis Papadopoulos, chairman of the Thessaloniki water supply authority, said on Tuesday that the sound came from a routine adjustment of the water supply running through the Meteora district, where the sound was most prominent.
Representatives of Thessaloniki Water Supply previously assured the public that the noise did not come from any work carried out on its pipes.
Papadopoulos said the noise was the result of an anomaly in the flow of water through the pipes.
“Imagine water flowing through the pipes like a wave. If there is some sort of anomaly in the flow, the contact between the water and the pipe may produce a sound. There was no blockage,” he said.
Previous theories regarding the strange sound in Thessaloniki
Previous theories about the cause of the sound included seismic and geological phenomena, but geology professor Efthimios Lekkas told TV news channel ANT1 that the noise was probably not of natural origin; rather, it likely came from human activity.
Before the source of the sound was discovered, Gerasimos Houliaras, head of geodynamic research at the National Observatory in Athens, reassured viewers of the ERT news network that researchers from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki were carrying out tests to know if the noise was coming or not. some kind of geological event or something mechanical.
Witnesses reported that the sound seemed to come from Seikh Su, a forest perched north of the city.
A local resident spoke to ThessToday.gr, expressing his concerns about the strange noise in Thessaloniki:
“When we are at the place where the noise is particularly loud, it feels like there is someone hitting the ground from the inside. There is a natural gas conductor on site. We have all scared because we don’t know where it comes from there are people waking up to noise early in the morning at 2am and 3am yesterday I myself was woken up at 5.30am and heard it .
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city and Macedonia’s capital, is both historic and avant-garde.
The ancient city, located in northern Greece, has a rich history that spans from ancient times to the modern era, but is best known for its importance during the Byzantine period.
At that time, Thessaloniki was competing with the great city of Constantinople in terms of wealth and influence.
It is known today as a student city, because Aristotle University, one of the best and largest schools in Greece, is located there.
Full of life and youth, Thessaloniki is an ancient city always at the cutting edge of technology. Interesting bars, restaurants, and shops line the streets, and pedestrians easily come across ruins from the many periods of the city’s history on their daily walks.
The White Tower is by far the most iconic monument in Thessaloniki. The current 23-meter (75-foot) high structure was built on top of a Byzantine fortification first mentioned in the 12th century AD.
After the city was invaded and taken over by the Ottoman Empire in 1430, the existing tower was built on top of the old Byzantine structure. It was connected to the city’s defensive walls, which were unfortunately largely destroyed in 1866.
Throughout its Ottoman history, the White Tower was referred to as “the Tower of Blood” or “the Red Tower” due to its reputation as a prison in which many were brutally tortured.