A sonic boom was felt over several counties in New Jersey this afternoon and what is known about this event is that it was not caused by an earthquake. What is not known is the origin of this sonic boom, which is still very much a mystery. Fox News live reports that people reported windows rattling and their homes shaking starting at around 1:30 EST today.
NBC News on January 28, reports that police departments in the area were inundated with 911 calls reporting houses shaking and windows rattling. While people first thought that an earthquake hit, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network and the National Weather Service in Mount Holly all report no earthquakes were registered in that area. They all offered the theory that this event was more than likely a sonic boom.
Shaking began around 1:30 p.m. EST today and was reported every few minutes throughout the New Jersey Shore area for more than an hour. Social media had folks who live in New Jersey posting how their houses were shaking and their windows were rattling.
New Jersey.com reports that this is the same type of scenario reported in South Carolina’s Lowcountry on Tuesday. 911 calls came in during the early afternoon, about the same time as today’s event, reporting shaking and rattling. This too was chalked up as a sonic boom because military jets were flying in the area at the time.
For today’s event the military bases in the area were contacted, but they report that there were no aircraft in the air at the time that has the capability of creating a sonic boom, according to Fox News live. Today’s shaking and rattling was felt by “residents in Margate and Egg Harbor reported feeling the shaking — as did people as far away as Leesburg in Cumberland County; Lakewood, Ocean County; and even Amityville on Long Island,” according to NBC News.
According to NASA: “A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound or supersonic. Air reacts like a fluid to supersonic objects. As objects travel through the air, the air molecules are pushed aside with great force and this forms a shock wave much like a boat creates a bow wave. The bigger and heavier the aircraft, the more air it displaces.”
The mystery remains around the origin of this sonic boom or sonic booms, as some reported multiple shaking and rattling events today. The theories are running rampant about the mysterious sonic booms, now that they’ve been felt in two states this week!