Hundreds report shaking and booms, North Carolina

By: Colin Hackman

“An intense shaking for about two seconds,” that’s what Bobby Brandon, a Wrightsville Beach realtor, described feeling around 10:04 a.m. Tuesday. “Things were bouncing.” However, his office on Causeway Drive wasn’t the only location to shake.

“It felt like a huge gust of wind hit the building for about one or two seconds,” Brandon added. “Both of the ladies in the office mentioned it immediately. I didn’t think too much of it until my son called 30 seconds later and asked if I felt it.  He was a mile away!”

At around 10:04 a.m., reports from as far north as Craven County to as far south as Brunswick County lit up the WECT Facebook page and the WECT phone lines.

Again at 11:44 am dozens of more people heard back to back booms in the Brunswick County area.

The United States Geological Survey and its network of seismometers have reported no significant earthquakes along the east coast within the last day – so earthquake activity is not likely the cause. The USGS would love to know what you felt and when you felt it.

‘What do experts think is causing the booms? contacted Corporal Clark with the public affairs division at Camp Lejune, home of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in Jacksonville N.C. He was not able to confirm any live ordinance military drills at frequently used training areas jut off the coast of North Carolina; however, he did refer us to higher command regarding the issue. We are waiting on a call back.