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