Tweets and Facebook comments posted late Tuesday afternoon reported shaking along the Jersey Shore.
Emergency management officials tell FOX 29 the shaking was centered in Wildwood.
A heavy vibration came in two waves. The first one lasted about five seconds and was followed by another quick one. Glover said it was quick, but powerful enough to shift things around in the kitchen.
Rumors of an earthquake or sonic boom flooded social media, where others posted about feeling it too.
Still no word on what caused the ground shaking.
The two ‘waves’ she describes does sound like an earthquake. However, sonic booms can also have a double noise. Again we see the report that things have moved in the house. This may not be accurate since rumbling can give us the perception of movement. But, regardless of what caused it, it’s frightening and has made people very concerned.
Earthquakes certainly do occur in New Jersey but not as much on the Coastal Plane portion and the point beach areas do seem to have no historic record of such events. And there was a case of a sonic boom causing similar issues last year. I would likely go with that explanation.
As an aside, I heard her mention the fear of sinkholes. Good going, Florida, for putting the fear of house-eating sinkholes into everyones’ nightmares. Check out this episode of Skeptical Connections where I talk about that.
Addition: The Gainesville Florida area experiences a boom. Sonic.