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NEW YORK: Another Huge, Ground-Shaking Boom – Not Sonic, Not Seismic

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by Linda Moulton Howe, Earthfiles:

“We have no idea. There’s been no confirmation by the government,
the military or the scientific community.”

– Dick Martinkovic, N.Y.’s Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety

Two policemen at the Monticello, New York, police station near midnight
on Saturday, January 30, 2016, reported hearing a very loud boom, and also
said their cars and the police building shook and rattled for
a second or two. Image by Monticello Police Dept.

February 2, 2016  Albuquerque, New Mexico – Since January 9, 2016, there have been dozens of loud booms and metallic sounds reported in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, Kansas, South Carolina and now Sullivan County, New York.

Monticello, New York, is about 95 miles northwest of Manhattan., January 31, 2016, Monticello, Sullivan County, N. Y.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, January 30, 2016, many residents called police and 911 to report a boom “loud enough to shake my floor.” At the Monticello Police Department, officers inside their patrol cars “not only heard the boom, but they said it also rattled both their cars and the police building for a second or two.” The Times Herald-Record Facebook page at received about 100 questions from readers, “What was that boom?”

The geographic area in which people were reporting the house-shaking booms extended around Monticello to include Liberty, Cuddebackville, Grahamsville and Rock Hill. Cuddebackville to Grahamsville is 36 miles.

Sullivan County’s Cuddebackville (bottom red circle) is 36 miles south of
Grahamsville (top red circle) where very loud house-shaking booms were heard
right before midnight on Saturday, January 30, 2016, over that wide
region northwest of Manhattan to include Liberty, Monticello and Rock Hill.
No seismic or sonic boom explanation.

Dick Martinkovic, who is Commissioner of Public Safety for Sullivan County told reporters, “We have no idea. There’s been no confirmation by the government, the military of the scientific community.”

Jan. 28th New Jersey Booms — Sonic Booms?
Then Insurance Claims Next

Two days before Sullivan County on January 28, 2016, thousands of people from New Jersey to New York and Connecticut had reported eight or nine loud, ground and house-shaking booms near 1 PM Eastern. USGS said there was no seismic data and at first, various military bases said there were no planes flying that were breaking the sound barrier.

Then by evening of January 28th, the U. S. Navy released a statement saying all the repeating booms were supersonic aircraft on flight maneuvers. A lot of people doubt that booming jets could explain the loud booms from New Jersey to New York and Connecticut. But the Navy says “two jets, an F-35C and F-18, from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, were responsible for all the racket, which some local residents blamed for new cracks in their homes.”

Next — Insurance Claims for Sonic Damage to Houses?

“Sonic boom in NJ: Why didn’t the Navy warn anybody?”

– Asbury Park Press

An insurance official said it was likely that damage from the house-rattling booms can be covered by homeowner’s insurance. The Asbury Park Press asked the Navy for more details about why didn’t it warn the East Coast there would be supersonic aircraft flight maneuvers, but so far there has been no further military comments to date.

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1 Comment

  1. RickE.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    It is clear that we need “loud boom control”! Ok Obomba, where are you when we need you!

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