Mystery boom and shaking reported around San Diego County

Saturday, April 14, 2012
By Paul Martin
April 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A loud boom and shaking was reported around 8:45 a.m. Friday and was heard and felt all by 10News viewers from all around San Diego County. Sallene Leang was working at a Seaport Village store when she felt the shaking. “What I heard this morning … just the doors rattling; I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t think it was an earthquake because the ground wasn’t shaking,” said Leang. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the shaking was not an earthquake. A representative from MCAS Miramar said they did not know what caused the booming sound. Midway-area resident Carol Hill told 10News she thought the loud sound was her neighbor banging on her windows. “All at once there was a knocking noise and a rumbling vibration on my kitchen window,” Hill said. One person said: “We felt it in Coronado but it did not feel like an earthquake. We thought it felt like an explosion or something.” Another Facebook fan said: “I live by Gillespie Field … I thought it was a jet taking off.” The National Weather Service has ruled out that the noise was caused by anything weather-related. -10 News

Mystery deepens: Earlier today, local news erroneously reported that there wasn’t an earthquake at the time. But USGS does confirm to news that a neighboring earthquake did strike around that time. But the quake wasn’t substantial. And it wasn’t precisely in San Diego either. A 1.4 magnitude quake struck Friday April 13, 2012, USGS reports to news, at roughly 8:18 AM PST. The quake was ninety-three miles from San Diego. The quake was north east of town, located closest to Indio, USGS tells news. The only other quake around that time was a 1.9 magnitude quake. But that quake was centered out near Seeley. -Lalate

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