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Naval Air Station Says Jets Caused Resort Tremors

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (WBOC/AP)- The Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland says two Navy fighter jets conducting routine flight tests off the coast caused the sonic booms felt in Ocean City that some people thought were an earthquake.
Connie Hempel, public affairs officer for the air station, said Friday that the jets, an F-35C and an F/A-18, conducted the tests from 9:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Thursday. She said the flights in the Atlantic Test Ranges off the coast of Maryland and Virginia conducted tests requiring supersonic speeds, causing the booms.

Ocean City officials received dozens of calls from residents starting about noon who said they heard a loud boom and felt tremors and shaking. 

Hemper said that while NAS Patuxtent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing and
training activities on the community, in this case, the sonic booms heard and felt Thursday were exacerbated by atmospheric conditions of the day. She said Thursday's temperature inversion and calm surface winds were conducive for sound to propagate further than normal, according to the weather office at the naval air station.

Hempel said military aircraft from the air station routinely conduct supersonic flights off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula. The closest point of this track to land is 3 miles offshore, she said. 


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