Updated Reprints: Earthfiles Viewers Reports of Strange, Loud Booms

Update May 11, 2011 - Between 7 to 7:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday evening, May 10, 2011, Virginia residents in Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, called media and local authorities to report a loud, long boom sound that shook houses. The USGS said there was no seismic activity; an Oceana Naval Air Station spokesperson in Virginia Beach said a sonic boom created at ONAS could not be heard as far away as Suffolk to the west; a NASA spokesperson reported there was no rocket activity at the Wallops Island facility; and the National Weather Service confirmed there was no severe weather anywhere in the region at the time.

NASA's Wallop Island is upper red circle. NASA said there were no launches Tuesday evening. The loud booming sound was heard from Suffolk to Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach between 7 - 7:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
NASA's Wallop Island is upper red circle. NASA said there were no launches Tuesday evening. The loud booming sound was heard from Suffolk to Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach between 7 - 7:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

 

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