The New York area heard a mysterious sonic boom on Thursday. The Richter scale picked up a reading in New Jersey, but it turns it originated a few states away.
The sound sent shock waves along the New York and New Jersey coast. The U.S. Geological Survey picked up a reading, but it was from above instead of below.
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The alarming event registered nine sonic booms in a 90-minute period. Sonic booms happen when jets are traveling faster than the speed of sound.
The booms were eventually traced to fighter jets. The Navy said the source was fighter jets from from Naval Air Station Pauxtent River. One of the jets, an F-35C, can reach speeds of up to 1200 mph.
The base is one of the prime test spots for such flights. An area off the coast of the Eastern Shore has been designated Test Track because of all the fights. According to a Navy spokeswoman, the flights happen almost daily, but are rarely felt on land.
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