Experts say 'earthquake' was suspected ‘sonic event’ as residents report shaking homes

After an “earthquake”, which experts later referred to as a “sound event”, trembling houses, rattling windows and shaking floors could be felt.

The British Geological Society said it initially received reports of a suspected earthquake at around 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17.

But after an analysis, seismologists found that it was the result of a sound, as opposed to movement in the ground.

Reports of the “earthquake” came from York and the vicinity of North Yorkshire and parts of Lincolnshire.

One resident, Dr. Amy-Jane Beer, tweeted, “Felt near Castle Howard in the air and all over our bodies.

“Children froze, dog ran for their life. The former is excited now, the latter is hidden under my bed. “

A Whitby town councilor said he could “see the windows vibrate”.

“The house shook, I could see the windows vibrate … It sounded like something really heavy had fallen in the neighboring house,” said Phillip Trumper of the PA news agency.

“I suppose it (could) have been a sonic boom,” added the 48-year-old.

On Twitter, BGS said, “BGS received a number of reports from residents of North Yorkshire who reported an incident at around 3:50 PM UTC today.

“Reports described ‘house wobbled and conservatory creaked’, ‘a low rumble that ended in a thud’, ‘windows rattled’ and ‘felt the floor shake’.

“Data from the BGS seismic networks in the area were examined and signals consistent with a possible sound origin were recorded between 15: 47: 42s and 15: 49: 23s UTC at several stations on the BGS seismic network in North Yorkshire.

“The reports received are also consistent with historical observations of previous events of acoustic origin.”

The origin of the phenomenon is currently unknown and BGS said it was unable to comment on sound events.

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