South Jersey Residents Hear Boom, Feel Shake


Various residents up and down the Jersey Shore have reported they heard a big boom, then felt ensuing shaking at about 1:30 p.m. The boom has been reported as far north as Lakewood and as far south as Vineland.

More booms have been reported in the minutes following the first one around 1:30 p.m. The last report of shaking was at 2:20 p.m.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, who track earthquakes, there has been no reported earthquake activity.

According to Laura Stetser of, the 177th Fighter Wing jets are not in the air today.

Tom Crowe of Galloway said he was driving his car when he felt the boom. He immediately thought he hit a pothole, but did not know what happened.

Absecon resident Rob Coyne said he felt two booms within a five-minute period at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

“In my house my patio doors started shaking, the floor started shaking a little bit and I saw my neighbor’s patio door shaking,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t me.”

Read more at the Press of Atlantic City.