For some mysterious reason, the Earth was shaking in Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday morning, however seismologists state the vibrations did not come from or match up with an earthquake and so whatever the cause is a mystery at the present time. Richard Ortt, who is the director of the Maryland Geological Survey, explained that seismic waves which showed up from the occurrence spread at a rate that was much too fast to be considered an earthquake or even something called a frost quake. That is a rare cold weather event which has been happening over and over across the Midwest and also the Northeast during this extremely chilly winter.
Ortt declared that the cause must have come instead from above ground. There are numerous things that people might have done to cause the shaking of the ground. With such icy, cold weather and great barometric pressure, if there was any type wave in the atmosphere, it would be able to reach the ground fairly well.
However the director refused to give any sort of conjecture about what the cause could have been. Among the different possibilities could have been a jet going through the sound barrier or even a meteor that hit the Earth. Yet officials that were from NASA, the Air Force and the Navy all told the media that none of them had any aircraft which caused the episode. Ocean City residents stated that they felt tremors and also reported hearing a loud bang, but officials had no answer as to what it was they felt and heard.
But a few hours later, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency reported that the Navy had test flights early Thursday which had indeed created a sonic boom. This report just left Maryland residents and tourists staying near the state’s southeastern coastline confused. There did not appear to be any reports of damage, but there were rumors of bottles being rattled and church bells ringing.
The Maryland Geological Survey also stated that seismologists located at Columbia University looked over information from three neighboring meters in order to help assess what was the cause of the trembling on Thursday. Police also explained that they received numerous calls which started to roll in about noon from individuals both on land and also on the water. They did not have any information to give them.
Maryland police spokesperson Lindsay O’Neal stated that the police department was getting numerous reports from residents about shaking and also hearing an enormous boom in the area. She also declared that there had been no reports of any damage except for possibly some pictures being knocked from the walls. There was nothing more serious than that.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency released a press report at about 1:00 p.m. It said that they had reports of a possible earthquake that had hit in Ocean City, Maryland. That was unconfirmed at the present time. Ortt explained that the seismograph showed a disturbance, but he repeated it was not an earthquake. He also refused to say where it appeared to be centered. He and his agency are working with seismologists located in the state of Delaware to try and determine what the source of the tremors was. It is unknown why the Earth was shaking in Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday morning. However seismologists state the vibrations did not come from or match up with an earthquake, and so the mystery remains.
By Kimberly Ruble