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Just after 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon residents in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties say they felt multiple earthquake-like tremors that rattled their homes and offices. Absecon resident, Kay Stadlmeir, said, "I don't think it would be an earthquake, but what could it be? It's just really odd." Somers Point resident, Bob Mower, explained, "There was a rattling of my windows and I felt the house shake just a little bit - it was unusual." Stadlmeir told NBC40, "It has to be something really big to be witnessed in such a widespread area of South Jersey."
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is still working to confirm whether or not any ground training was happening at the time, although it is unlikely that would cause such a widespread shake. Stadlmeir said, "I really don't think it's a sonic boom because, you know as I said before, I've experienced them before and this is nothing like that." Mower told NBC40,"
For the third time in eight months, residents reported booming noises and rattlings in the southern New Jersey area Tuesday afternoon. The first reports came in after 3 p.m. and included windows rattling or loud booming noises.
The National Earthquake Information Center, in Calif., received calls, but reported no seismic activity. Geophysicist John Bellini said that there are many possibilities including off-shore weather or military testing.