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Sonic Booms Appear to Have Caused Earthquake-Like Rattles Around NJ

By kcora on

Update: The U.S. Navy is now saying that flight test of an F-35C from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. was conducting supersonic testing in a cleared military flight area off the East Coast around 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. which may have caused the sonic booms along the Jersey Shore.

Original post: A series of tremors felt in various of parts of south Jersey had New Jersey residents taking to social media in hopes of answers.

Reports of rattles began sometime around 1 p.m. and we're felt as far as north as Long Island and Connecticut.

According to officials, waveforms seen were not of those of an earthquake but could not explain at this time what cause them.

According to the USGS, a sonic boom was reportedly registered at 1:24 p.m. near Hammonton.

Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronadry are working with several area officials to determine what caused the shakes.  

According to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, they do not have any aircraft capable of producing a sonic boom and our training ranges are currently clear of operations. They are working with local and civilian authorities to determine the cause of the incident.