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New Zealand police have been inundated with calls after a huge explosion was heard from Wellington to Invercargill. Residents in east Christchurch said their houses shook and rattled dramatically after a huge boom just after 3pm. Emergency services are heading to east Christchurch to investigate. Early reports suggest the noise may have been a sonic boom caused by a meteor entering the atmosphere. (..)
he meteor has shown up on the McQueen's Valley seismograph. A GNS Science spokeswoman said they were aware of the incident. "Something has hit the ground hard, it's not an earthquake," she said. An Air Force spokesman told New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) none of their aircraft were responsible - none of the current fleet went fast enough to create a sonic boom. The Christchurch airport had reported they had no planes that were capable of making such a noise. (..)
"It started off with a little boom then a real massive boom. And I mean massive - like the daddy of all booms." The noise was so loud it shook the garage"...
Source: New Zealand Cosmic Event