This is kind of not news. But it’s going around the webs. There are problems with the article. Let’s take a look.
A dedicated ghost hunter has raised health concerns after recording ‘off the scale’ readings of electromagnetic energy at a public park situated opposite two cemeteries.
In his latest hunt, the father-of-three made a visit to Rowan Road Recreation Ground, Mitcham and was shocked with the readings from his electromagnetic field (EMF) reader.
Ghost hunters use EMF readers to monitor fluctuations in EMF fields which they believe can indicate a ghost’s presence.
Although Rowan Road Recreation Ground is opposite Streatham Cemetery and Rowan Road Jewish Cemetery the readings are so high Mr Morgans does not believe the cause is supernatural.
Morgans is concerned about the safety of EMFs. The range of the readings is not given. He posits something about buried bombs but they aren’t electrified so that would not cause an EMF anomaly. His other thought is buried cables. This can be checked. I’m confused about a few things in this story that leaves many questions. First, test with other pieces of equipment besides a ghost meter. There are professional instruments to test for EMFs. Check with the utilities to see if there are buried lines. Could it be lighting or buried electrical lines? That would be the most logical explanation (unless there are overhead lines that they didn’t mention). What is the level? These meters don’t read that high so how accurate are they. Even high readings likely pose no health risk [PDF] since no one LIVES there. It’s just a recreational area.
Oh, and the evidence that EMF anomalies are related to spirit activity is poor. There is no tested hypothesis that explains this idea though it is very popular with ghost hunters. Because the modern world is full of EMFs, odd readings are not unusual. They can be explained by things other than ghosts.