Ground shakes again in New Jersey

Some Jersey Shore residents in Ocean County felt the ground shake again this afternoon.

George Coss of Lavallette, NJ., reported on Jersey Shore Hurricane News that his house shook at 12:16 p.m. “Almost felt as a strong vibration from a pile driver in the back yard,” he wrote.

In South Seaside Park, Tara DeLorme wrote that it felt stronger than the rumbles caused by sonic booms last week. “Heard a rumble, then a shaking beneath my feet. Traveled up and shook the whole house.”

JSHN contributors say they felt the the ground shake in Beach Haven, Brick, Manahawkin, Point Peasant, and Toms River, where Trish Brophy said as soon as her house shook, “my dog went to hide.”

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As of 1:30 p..m. the cause of the rumbling couldn’t be determined.

Could the rumblings be related to the military again?

“I don’t know of anything that we’re doing” said Kryn Westhoven, a spokesman for the New Jersey’s Military and Veteran’s Affairs, which includes the Warren Grove Gunnery Range and 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City. Westhoven said he would check into the reports further.

Also contacted was the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md., the likely source for last week’s sonic booms that caused ground to rattle along the East Coast. A spokesman who seemed surprised to hear of the NJ rattling said she would respond soon.

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