Shakes Felt by South New Jersey Residents Caused By Multiple Sonic Booms

Shakes Felt by South New Jersey Residents Caused By Multiple Sonic Booms

The United States Geological Survey has confirmed to the Press that the noise and shaking felt by many in South Jersey is from a sonic boom that occurred 3 kilometers NNE of Hammonton.

Gavin Hayes, a research geophysicist with the U.S.G.S said that he cannot speculate to what caused the several booms from 1:30 p.m. to about 3 p.m., but says they have been caused by aircrafts moving at the speed of sound in the past. The U.S.G.S has received several signals of booms within the last hour and a half.

Various residents up and down the Jersey Shore have reported they heard a big boom, then felt ensuing shaking at about 1:30 p.m. The boom has been reported as far north as Lakewood and as far south as Vineland.

More booms have been reported in the minutes following the first one around 1:30 p.m. The last report of shaking was at 2:20 p.m.

Master Sgt. Andrew Mosley of the 177th Fighter Wing said the planes assigned to the unit were grounded at the time of the reported shaking, according to a report by Laura Stetser at

Ed Conover of the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management said they have not detected any seismic activity. His reports are that people are only feeling it inside. Said that he believes that this is atmospheric or from an aircraft.

Diane Wielandi of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management said they have only felt one tremor and heard one boom, but it was not significant.

Kimberly Wood of the Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management said the had not heard that any of this was even going on. They have not received any reports.

The Press is looking into what caused the event. If you want to report what you felt to the U.S. Geological Survey, you may do so here.

Tom Crowe of Galloway said he was driving his car when he felt the boom. He immediately thought he hit a pothole, but did not know what happened.

Absecon resident Rob Coyne said he felt two booms within a five-minute period at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

“In my house my patio doors started shaking, the floor started shaking a little bit and I saw my neighbor’s patio door shaking,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t me.”

Coyne said he experienced no damage.

“I felt my whole house shake twice,” Annette Santiago of Pleasantville said.

“It felt like a strong wind and my whole house just shook,” she added. “The second time it felt like the ground was shaking. I heard the windows moving too. I thought I was going crazy that it was just me hearing stuff. “

Bob Gould was standing in his porch in Point Pleasant beach when he felt the first shaking.

“I happened to be standing by my door, I didn’t understand what happened at first,” he said.

Gould went inside and asked his daughter what happened and a second boom hit.

“They were about five minutes apart and lasted 10-15 seconds each.

Kate Bunn was standing in her kitchen in Galloway when the shaking knocked things off the wall.

“It was crazy, it felt like my glass door was going to shatter,” she said.

Galloway Township resident Daniella Browne said she was sleeping when she felt tremors.

“The whole house just started shaking. It was a big shake you could literally see it,” she said.

Mike Schiavone in Northfield said that he couldn’t explain what the noise was like. He said it was a massive noise that sounded like it was on the side of his house.

“It was felt by many in Wildwood and Cape May. Our neighbors house visually shook as we were looking out the windows. It happened a second time, but shaking was not as bad,” Kathleen Platt Moran said on Facebook.

“It sounded like a bomb went off. It was real loud. Mailman said it he thought maybe was truck doing demolition,” August Peltonen of Brigantine said.

Annette Scotti, who lives on Monroe Ave. in Margate, said that she was sitting on her computer when the whole house shook. She said that the gas company is working on the street next to hers which usually causes a lot of noise. But this was different. “It was weird, the whole house shook.”

In Vineland, officials with the Fire Department said they got one call from a resident about the ground shaking. Vineland police and police and fire officials in Millville reported no calls about the shaking.

Don Bellis was on conference calls when he felt four tremors. He said that the the tremors were significant enough to wake up his dog from a nap. As we were on the phone, he felt a fifth tremor.

“It’s not at the point where things are moving, but it’s a significant vibration,” Bellis said.

“We are walking on the beach and waiting for the tsunami,” said Penny Beddia, 58, of Avalon, who was out with her neighbor, Brenda Kammerer, 59, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. “Is it a sonic boom? Because it sounds more like thunder. Wouldn’t there be more of a boom with a sonic boom? It’s more like a rumbling.”

“We both heard it,” Kammerer said. “So we’re not crazy.”

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