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UPDATE: Two Naval Flights Off Coast Caused Sonic Boom

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The afternoon mystery of a possible Delmarva earthquake, has been solved. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says that they have confirmed with the Naval Air Station Patuxent that two flights conducted off the Atlantic Coast, caused a sonic boom, not an earthquake.

Starting around 12:00 PM, we have heard several reports of tremors felt along the Delmarva Coast, specifically near Ocean City and Southern Delaware.

Both Worcester County Emergency Services and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office predicted the tremors felt along the coast were likely due to a sonic boom.

We'd heard from viewers in Long Neck and Dagsboro, DE, along with Berlin, and Ocean City, MD, that all felt or heard the event.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources say they didn't have any readings for the area.

The local Maryland Geological Survey seismic graph does show activity shortly before noon. Officials from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory looked into that Maryland Geological Survey seismic helicorder and said that they didn't see any ground activity in the area, that you would typically see with an earthquake. Won-Young Kim of Columbia University with Lamon-Doherty attributed the activity to a sonic boom off the coast.

 

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