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    F-35 Fighter Jet Flights Frighten Local Population Off US Coast

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    US residents compared F-35 fighter jet test flights that took place off the New Jersey coast with an earthquake and Godzilla as they caused buildings to vibrate due to their powerful sonic booms.

    The unusually powerful sound registered on the northeast coast of the United States was caused by a series of tests of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets and raised concerns among local residents, Associated Press wrote referring to a representative of the US Army.

    The US Geological Survey earlier reported nine sonic booms that occurred off the coast of New Jersey and Connecticut over the course of 1.5 hours. According to reports, some buildings may have been damaged.

    On Thursday afternoon, local residents complained about strong vibrations on land and in buildings. On social networks, some users wrote that there was an earthquake in the region, while others compared vibrations with the awakening of Godzilla, a character which also has been frequently used by the Japanese as a metaphor for the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuclear weapons in general.

    Representatives of the US Navy confirmed that the coast was the location of a series of flight tests of F-35 fighter jets which are capable of traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound. At the same time the military noted that earlier such flights were almost never felt on the ground and suggested that the cause for such disturbance could lie in unusual atmospheric conditions

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