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Confirmed: Sonic Boom Caused Tremors in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. and SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Naval Air Station Patuxent confirms that two flights conducted off the Atlantic Coast caused the sonic boom heard Thursday on Maryland's Eastern Shore and coastal Sussex County, Del.

Earlier on Thursday, emergency management officials received numerous reports of tremors in Ocean City and coastal Sussex County. However, both a federal and a Maryland agency did not show any indication of an earthquake. There were also no reports of damage.

Dr. Tom Cawthern, a professor of geology at Salisbury University, said to be able to identify an earthquake, the seismic activity needs to show up in various locations.

"This is one bit of information. This is one seismograph from one discreet location.  If we pull together all of the seismographs from say the south central part of the U.S. even in the Northeeast, we should also see those data in those seismograms as well," said Cawthern.

According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, seismologists at Columbia University analyzed data from Reisterstown, Maryland's Eastern Shore and Lewes, Del.  They determined the data does not indicate an earthquake occurred.

The reports of the tremors, also described as "shaking," starting coming in around noon on Thursday. 

Ocean City officials posted on the town's Facebook page that residents reported hearing a loud boom. Similar reports were posted by viewers on WBOC's Facebook page.

 

 

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