Part 1: Loud, House-Shaking Boom Heard and Felt Throughout Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

– “It sounded like a shotgun, but it felt more like an earthquake. It shook the house.”

- Amanda Paci, Walgreens Employee, Dallas, PA, to PaHomePage

– “Everything was vibrating.”

- Beatrice Price, Lake Township near Back Mountain, PA, to WNEP-TV

January 2, 2015 Headline, WNEP-TV, Moosic, PA, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre, the county seat of Luzerne County, 113 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
January 2, 2015 Headline, WNEP-TV, Moosic, PA, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre, the county seat of Luzerne County, 113 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Dallas, Pennsylvania, is 10 miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre,  the county seat of Luzerne County, PA.
Dallas, Pennsylvania, is 10 miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre, the county seat of Luzerne County, PA.

January 2, 2015 Dallas, Pennsylvania - In the first evening of 2015, Earthfiles began receiving email alerts about a very loud, house-shaking boom heard throughout Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The county seat is Wilkes-Barre, a city of 41,000 people 113 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

WNEP-TV in Moosic, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre, reported on the January 1, 2015, evening news that Beatrice Price of Lake Township — directly west of Back Mountain in above map — described her experience:

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