Oct 07, 2017 I Paul Seaburn

Mysterious Sonic Attacks Continue in Cuba

While the mysterious global hum – that low-frequency tone heard by some people around the world and blamed on mating toadfish, underwater waves, machines and tinnitus – gets all of the publicity, a different mysterious sonic occurrence in Cuba is affecting only Americans, particularly spies and government workers, and has caused such serious health problems that the U.S. State Department is recalling all non-essential personnel and warning Americans not to travel to Cuba. Meanwhile, the Cuban government denies all reports. Insert your own conspiracy theory here.

According to various reports, the sonic attacks appear to have begun in November 2016 after the U.S. presidential election. Undercover spies posing as diplomatic workers began reporting hearing high-pitched sounds that were followed by hearing loss and odd sensations. The workers said they heard the sounds in and around their homes in Havana or at hotels where they were staying. As word spread, Canadian diplomatic workers also reported hearing the sound and feeling odd or ill. As the U.S. government began to question Cuban officials in the spring of 2017, the sounds mysteriously subsided.

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The U.S. Embassy in Havana

Until August. That’s when the headache-inducing hums began again and this time the severity of the symptoms forced concerned workers to escalate the reports to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The sounds seemed to have increased in intensity and appeared to have pinpoint accuracy – one worker claimed he could hear it on his bed, but nowhere else. The sounds reportedly ranged in intensity from cricket-like annoying to deafening and pain-inducing.

That turned out to be just the beginning. Doctors examining the workers heard stories of hearing loss, nausea and dizziness, but were extremely concerned that some reported they were forgetting words and losing the ability to concentrate. Those are symptoms of mild brain trauma and possible concussions. After a few months away from Cuba, most reported the symptoms had subsided, although some still have hearing loss. That was enough to prompt Tillerson to recall 21 workers and their families and start referring to the sounds as “attacks” rather than “incidents.”

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The Hotel Capri where the sonic attacks also occurred.

Can intense, low-level sonic blasts cause concussions? That’s what the U.S. government would like to know – both to protect its workers and to use it on its own enemies. It seems suspicious that only diplomatic workers were affected and most of those appeared to be undercover intelligence officers. Politically speaking, the sonic attacks coincide with the replacement of a Cuba-friendly administration with one that isn’t.

Mysteriously, sweeps of the houses, hotels and the embassy have turned up nothing (that the government will reveal) and Cuba continues to deny any involvement or knowledge. Some people who have intimate knowledge of the Cuban government believe them. If that’s the case, what is causing the sound and the aftereffects and why can’t its source be found?

Has someone developed a way to focus and intensify the worldwide hum and direct it at specific targets? Has anyone checked the hotel pools for toadfish?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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