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Update: Viewer Feedback On San Jose Booms and Lake Ontario Mysteries

© 2016 by Linda Moulton Howe


“I heard the booms Nov. 15. There were distinctly two;
the second boom arriving just a few moments after the first,
with the second boom being louder and more concussive.”

- San Jose, California, resident

“The UFO stopped in mid-air, reversed course horizontally.
At this point, I knew exactly what I was seeing and it shook me to my core.”

- Scarborough East resident on Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada


Update - November 20, 2016 San Jose, California, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

San Jose Mystery Shakes and Booms
Nov. 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM Pacific

“Windows rattled, definitely bigger than a truck.”

- Tweet from Ramblin' Explorer, Nov. 15, 2016

“Our duty seismologist did an extensive search and we did not see
any seismic activity in the South Bay. So it's not an earthquake,
whatever they're feeling — as far as we can tell.”

- Susan Garcia, Spokeswoman, U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday, November 16, 2016, that a mysterious
earthquake-like shake was felt by people from San Jose to the Santa Cruz area
on Nov. 15, 2016, around 2:41 PM to 2:42 PM Pacific. This Scotts Valley seismograph
shows a spike at 14:41:40:20. The USGS didn't record an earthquake
at the time and the source of the rumbling is still unknown. If any Earthfiles
viewers have more information, please email: [email protected]
All requests for confidentiality are honored.


1) To: [email protected]
Mystery boom 11/15/16 San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA
Date: November 18, 2016

Hi Linda,

I experienced the "mystery boom" on Nov. 15, 2016, 2:41 pm Pacific.

I was working at my computer in Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County) when our house rattled like a magnitude 4 earthquake, at 2:41 PM Pacific. The windows rattled twice, one right after the other, like P and S waves of earthquakes. Then at 2:54 PM Pacific, the windows rattled once, which I assumed was a magnitude 3 aftershock. There was no rolling motion. I did not hear any "boom" or explosion, but the rattling sound of the house — particularly the window facing the ocean — was quite loud. Didn't see anything either.

Friends around town felt/heard the 2:41 event, but not the 2:54 one. Too bad the Scotts Valley graph ends at 2:46 (above), but it shows the event happened there and in Aptos at the same time. Drive time from here to there via Highways 1 and 17 is about 20 minutes. An accurate event time in San Jose might tell speed and direction.

I checked 2 earthquake web sites, one site with fireball reports, and the NUFORC site, but they didn't pan out. I didn't find any info from three Monterey Bay news web sites either.

The best info I found was at:

I haven't tried FAA and San Jose Airport yet. Never mind asking Air Force and Naval Air Stations — we both know they lie and cover-up when they screw up. If "jet jocks" caused sonic booms over a major metropolitan area like San Jose, heads will roll - they broke FAA rules.


2) To: [email protected]
Re: Boom felt in Santa Cruz, Calif., on November 15, 2016
Date: November 17, 2016

I live in Santa Cruz, California, was at my desk at that time, and felt and heard it. It shook the house to the point that I thought that I should leave, but then subsided. The event lasted between 8-14 seconds, with a rapid onset, fairly constant noise and shaking during the main part, and then a rapid subsidence. I checked USGS about 15 minutes later.............nothing! If this wasn't an earthquake, then what was it? Meteor exploding in sky? I would think that someone would have witnessed this. Meteor flying by at supersonic speeds to create a sonic boom? I have experienced sonic booms before from jet planes and this was not one, in my opinion.

3) To: [email protected]
Re: San Jose Boom(s) 11/15/16
Date: November 16, 2016

Hi Linda,

I am 55 and I live in San Jose, California, right on the cusp of both Los Gatos and Campbell, CA. I was playing with my cats yesterday afternoon (November 15, 2016) while in my back yard, when I heard the booms. There were distinctly two; the second boom arriving just a few moments after the first, with the second boom being louder and more concussive. The second seemed to emanate from the south-east. Strangely, my cats were neither disturbed nor affected by the low frequency booms.

I immediately looked to the sky and noted no aircraft nor contrails. High performance military aircraft and heavy transports transit in and out of Moffat Field on weekends — but mostly Sundays.

Growing up in Southern California, I've experienced several earthquake events, notably: 1979, Imperial Valley and 1992, Landers.

That said, I've been able to tune my hearing to the distinct sound just prior to a shaking event, but strangely, no shaking took place at my location. I've heard nothing from local news nor from co-workers regarding yesterday's event.


Lake Ontario Near-Miss with UFO Mystery

Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario make up the Great Lakes between
the United States and Canada. Toronto sets on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario
that has a long history of UFO sightings. Map © by

On November 16, 2016, I received the following email from a resident who lives near intersection of Kingston and Galloway Roads in the Scarborough East district of Toronto not far from where the Porter Air Line encounter with a UFO occurred on the morning of November 14, 2016. See Earthfiles.

Scarborough East (red) is a district in the Regional Municipality of Durham in eastern Toronto,
Canada, bordering Lake Ontario. A Durham/Scarborough resident eyewitness reports to about seeing an orange-yellow-white UFO on November 12, 2016, between 10:30 and 11 pm, two nights before the Porter Airliner incident near where the large, balloon-shaped unidentified flying object
was in a near-collision with a Porter Airliner the morning of Monday, November 14, 2016,
described further below in this Earthfiles report.

To: [email protected]
Re: Porter Air Lines Incident
Date: November 16, 2016

“Hello, a few things first for perspective

1) I am a resident of the area Durham/Scarborough near Toronto, Canada. Without living here, it is hard for most people around the world to grasp the community of Durham/Scarborough near where the Porter Airline near-miss with UFO incident took place. There is ZERO military in the area, so that explanation for the near-collision on November 14, 2016, is out.

I have lived in this area for 5 years now as an adult, but can see my house that I grew up in for 10 years as a child through my back window. So I am familiar with the geography here. I am down by Lake Ontario nearly every day, which is a 10 min walk from my home. This area along Lake Ontario, known as Scarborough East or the Bluffs, is beautiful.

2) My background, filmmaker. I would be considered senior by most employers and my Linkedin profile could easily prove this. I have owned and operated serious film cameras from Red Epics to BM cinema cameras. These are the usual forums I spend my evenings on,,,, I have zero interest in the UFO phenomenona, although I do have an interest in space and the search for exoplanets.

3) I am very familiar seeing aerial drones, and while I have a passion for aviation, I have zero interest in drones or 360 video for my area of film production. Can't be good at everything.

4) This is a copy and paste that I tried to add last night to a local forum here in Toronto as I wanted to at least let others know that they are not alone in what they may have seen over the weekend. But 680 NEWS, they never posted what I sent.

5) This is a cut and paste of that, and I will add that there is a local sci-fi movie being shot about 10 min from my home, big production called KIN. So I sent the production office an email on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, asking about drone flights. Their response was, 'No they were not using drones.' (I have that confirmation email) Also it's unlikely a union production, that would have access to the absolute best drones, would ever risk a drone crashing over a residential area. This research with the KIN office was just me doing due diligence, as I know full well that what I saw was NO drone.


"I’ve left out exact positioning details, but it took place in Scarborough East. To see something like this is very troubling. People who know me well will agree that I must have seen 'something.' But others will never fully understand the implications of another person's perception of reality after an incident such as the one I am about to describe.

In relation to the Porter Air Line incident, the information is relevant only as my account took place in the Kingston and Lawrence area. So there were two unidentified aerial incidents in the Durham and Scarborough area within two days of each other.

The First: my account which, for most people, is going to be hearsay as there is zero recorded evidence.

The Second: from Porter's 2 qualified pilots. But has been most likely spun (by authorities) into the Drone story.

My UFO Eyewitness Account, Saturday Night, November 12, 2016, 10:30 to 11 PM Eastern:

Looking east at the night sky at around 10:30-11:00 PM Eastern, a ball of light streaked out of the sky, orange in front, yellow tail.

These three RGB colors were selected by eyewitness
to show what he saw in the "ball of light" that moved rapidly,
stopping in mid-air, reversing course horizontally followed by
more rapid motions with stops and starts in the night sky
over Lake Ontario near the Scarborough District.

My first thought was — Cool! Look at that shooting star (meteorite). But then strangely, it did not dissipate into the atmosphere as you would expect.

Its trajectory was diagonal in nature, so no plane or helicopter or drone, unless it was intent on crashing into the ground (speed of approach).

The UFO stopped in mid-air, reversed course horizontally. At this point, I knew exactly what I was seeing and it shook me to my core. For some people making the connection at that instant that what you are witnessing is indeed a UFO might be a welcoming thought.

Not so, for me. It was instant fear, but that is my own personal beliefs that were completely shattered over the weekend. Personally I wish I had never seen it.

Anyway, after its complete stop in mid-air, then reverse maneuver backwards, it shot off north towards Lawrence at high speed. Once it reached that area, it began to do more stop and start darting across the sky before I lost site of it.

This entire sighting was crystal clear. The November 14, 2016, supermoon had just passed over the house, which faces east-west, so the sky became full of visible stars once it did.

Not trying to convince anyone, as that is a damn near impossible thing to do in the culture we live in today.

But anything that can behave like what I saw that night is troublesome in the sense that this thing — whatever it was — could give a flying f&*&^ if we see it or not and catching it, shooting it down, is probably not going to be possible for most governments.

My 10 cents."

Mike, 44, male (not real name)


Porter Airliner Near-Miss with UFO Over Lake Ontario
On Monday Morning, November 14, 2016

Earthfiles Report November 15, 2016 Toronto, Canada - The Great Lakes between the United States and Canada have been one of the UFO hotspots in North American history of unidentified flying objects. One of the most famous cases on record was the disappearance of a jet and its pilot and radar operator over Lake Superior on November 23, 1953. That evening, one of Kinross AFB's radar controllers had an "unidentified target" over Lake Superior. An F-89C Scorpion jet was scrambled from Kinross AFB to check the unidentified out. Radar controllers kept watching as the F-89 and its two-man crew of pilot Felix Moncla and radar operator Robert Wilson, flew closer to the UFO. Then, to their amazement, the UFO blip and the F-89 blip on the radar screen merged. That jet and its crew were never found.

Over the decades since, there have been dozens of UFO reports from all the Great Lakes. But perhaps Lake Ontario near Toronto, Canada, has become most associated with persistent aerial unknowns. Now on Monday, November 14, 2016, comes another high strangeness aerial event over Lake Ontario.

A Porter Airlines plane, shown taking off from Toronto's Island Airport on Friday,
November 11, 2016, photographed by Chris Young, The Canadian Press
and reprinted by, Monday, November 14, 2016.

The's Ottawa Bureau reporter Bruce Campion-Smith reports that “the pilots of a Porter Airlines flight inbound to Toronto on Monday morning, November 14, 2016, (carrying 54 passengers) were forced to put their plane into a sudden dive to avoid a mid-air collision with an unidentified object high over Lake Ontario, causing minor injuries to two flight attendants. None of the passengers were injured. Now investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada admit they have a puzzle on their hands to determine exactly what the pilots had to avoid.”

Canada's Senior Regional Air Safety Board investigator Peter Rowntree reported that the Porter Airliner was traveling about 280 mph (450 kph). He said, “Nobody knows at this point. It happened so quick. The two pilots essentially just pushed the nose down to get underneath it. We've got our work cut out trying to figure out what this unidentified flying object was. What did the pilots encounter? It definitely wasn't a bird. It was a fairly large, (balloon-like) object.” The pilots estimated up to three meters wide ( 9.8 feet) and round like the shape of a balloon.


UFO? Or Drone? Or?

Because of the round shape, the two pilots at first believe the object was a huge balloon. But after landing and talking with investigators, the possibility of some type of human aerial drone has become a focus. This near miss was estimated to have taken place at 2,743 meters up (9,000 feet). Canada has implemented rules to restrict the use of drones around airports and at higher altitudes to try to cut down the risk of collisions between planes landing and taking off and whatever drone types are now in the skies.

But the President of Canada's Air Line Pilots Association International board, Dan Adamus, said: “I don't believe the word is getting out (about the increasing collision danger risks with aerial drones). That's the problem. People just look up in the sky and they don't understand it's airspace that aircraft use. It's only a matter of time before — and you hate to say it — an airplane is going to hit a drone.”


If viewers have any further information about the San Jose, California, region booms and shaking on November 15, 2016, at 2:41 PM Pacific; or the unidentified aerial object over Lake Ontario on Monday morning, November 14, 2016, that the Porter Airliner crew escaped collision by a quick dive under the round, strange object, please email [email protected]. All requests for confidentiality are honored.


Also see UFO interactions with terrestrial airplanes in:
Part 12: Inside Saucer Post ...3-0 Blue © 1957 by Leonard Stringfield.

More Information:

For further information about UFO reports in Great Lakes, please see reports in the Earthfiles Archive organized in chronological order from 1999 to 2016 ongoing.

• 01/05/2012 — Part 4: High Strangeness Multi-Colored Aerial Lights Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 01/03/2012 — Part 2: High Strangeness Lights in Lytle Creek, California
• 12/31/2011 — Updated - Part 1: Earthfiles Mail About High Strangeness
• 12/23/2011 — Part 3: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols” Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 12/12/2011 — Part 2: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols”- This Time Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 12/08/2011 — Part 1: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols” - This Time Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 11/18/2009 — Part 1: More New Zealand Metal Spheres Under Project Moon Dust
• 11/19/2008 — Part 9: Army/CIA Unit Studied the Real UFO Blue Book Cases
• 10/07/2006 — Updated: 1953 Kinross AFB Mystery: F-89 Found in Lake Superior
• 03/23/2006 — Part 2: U.S. Navy Chief Yeoman Describes "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities" in TOP SECRET/MAJIC Photographs
• 04/11/2006 — Part 17 - Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
• 03/17/2006 — Part 1: U.S. Navy Chief Yeoman Describes "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities" in TOP SECRET/MAJIC Photographs


"What Shook the South Bay (San Jose, CA) on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016? Likely Not A Sonic Boom," November 17, 2016,

Kinross AFB Jet Disappearance November 23, 1953:

History of Lake Ontario "Shining Waters" UFOs:–-historical-perspective

"Porter Plane Narrowly Avoids Collision With Mystery Object," November 14, 2016,

Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

Unidentified UFO Sighting in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, 2012:

UFO Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, from 11th Floor Balcony:


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