This morning near the hour of 10:00am, we received a text message from a friend who stated that she heard a very loud boom sound in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the boom was like the end of the world. Apparently, the loud booms were heard in Philadelphia neighborhoods for about 20 minutes and rattled buildings, broke glass from window panes and caused a general panic in the area.
The local news media attributed the noise to thunder and lightening moving through the Philadelphia area but air temperatures were in the low 30’s in the morning. One reason could be fracking or an earthquake. Pennsylvania has a recent rich history of fracking. Other regions of the country are also having problems with man-made earthquakes.
Yesterday in Oklahoma residents across the state experience the same problem with loud blooms that shook peoples’ houses.
The USGS has pretty much settled the debate as of late 2013, issuing this press release, saying the Oklahoma movement is due to man made activities (induced seismicity) :