Sonic Boom, Not Earthquake on Delmarva

Feb 7, 2014


There was no earthquake yesterday despite what residents felt in coastal Sussex County and nearby Ocean City, Maryland.

It was more likely a sonic boom caused by an aircraft.

The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and Cooperative Seismography Network examined seismographs with one in Lewes and did not find evidence of such a quake.   

Joe Thomas, director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, told the Wilmington News Journal that residents in Millville, Ocean View and Millsboro reported a shaking and rumbling.

There were similar calls from Ocean City but no shaking was felt in Georgetown.