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Mystery ground shaking rattles South Jersey


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South New Jersey residents felt the ground shaking Saturday morning, but no earthquakes or military training exercises were reported in the region.

The U.S. Geological Survey suggested a possible sonic boom was the cause.

"I'm in LEH [Little Egg Harbor] and my basement door shook violently for 15 sec or so long enough to creep me out. Sounded like someone was trying to get out," posted a person identified as Dana Re on the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page.


Another comment, posted by a person identified as John Tefankjian, said he felt his Brigantine house shake, but differently from when fighter jets go by in training.

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"There currently is no training of any type that would have resulted in today's incident," Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst spokesman Pascual Flores told NBC News on Saturday.

The New Jersey National Guard last weekend conducted artillery-fire training that it told the public about in advance.

NBCPhiladelphia.com reported that residents in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, Salem and Camden County claimed they felt the ground shake.

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Comments on the shaking were also posted on independent Earthquake-Report.com.

"Felt like a rumble, everyone ran outside, we all noticed on our street," said one from Ocean City.

"Whole house started shaking, outside sounded like a bomb with slight shaking," said one from Little Egg Harbor.

NBC News' Jim Gold and NBCPhiladelphia's Lauren DiSanto contributed to this story.

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