Some say their windows rattled, others felt the ground shake and heard a rumble.
But what caused this afternoon’s shaking at the Jersey Shore? As of this evening, the cause remains unknown.
Social media began lighting up around 4:30 p.m. Commenters on the Jersey Shore Hurricane News (JSHN) Facebook page spanned the entire coastline.
Noreen Cuono, who lives along the bay in Tuckerton Beach, said her “whole house shook; door and windows rattled,” adding that she went outside and “heard loud rumbling.”
In Lacey, Monica Vaughan said her pet also seemed to feel something.
“My dog and I kind of looked at each other like, ‘What the heck is going on?'” she said.
And that’s the $64,000 question.
No seismic activity was reported throughout the region, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Since at least 2012, mysterious booms rattled the Jersey Shore on at least three instances. The latest was in January 2016, when aircraft from Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md. was the source.
At the time, USAF Defense Press Officer Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said aircraft was training offshore from the Delmarva Peninsula when the sonic booms occurred.
“Test aircraft from the naval air station execute supersonic flights almost daily in the test track, and most of these sonic booms are never felt on land. However, under certain atmospheric conditions there is an increased potential to hear the sound,” he said.