New Jersey shore booming (Sonic)

Booms continue. Now, they are in the news and every one will be reported. It does not make for a trend and it does not point to one common cause. This one has precedent. Keep reading.

Reports of Ground Shaking in South Jersey And Along the Shore.

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.

  3 comments for “New Jersey shore booming (Sonic)

  1. March 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    This seems to be happening a lot at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in the last month. Here is one of several google results: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/03/nj_military_base_warns_of_poss.html

  2. March 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I live in the (general) area and have heard some of the booms. There’s a NJ National Guard site out of Atlantic City, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these are sonic booms from fighter jets hotdogging off the shore.

    Amazingly enough, this is the reputed home of the Jersey Devil, and nobody’s blamed him yet!

  3. Mr. Shreck
    March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    A little surprising about Jacksonville. Most of the things that come here from New Jersey come further south. :-P

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