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(HAMMONTOWN, N.J.) — A mysterious sonic boom rattled part of the Eastern seaboard Thursday afternoon, being felt from southern New Jersey to Long Island, the United States Geological Survey confirmed on Twitter.

It was not immediately clear what caused the boom, but some initially believed that it was an earthquake.

Not an earthquake but a sonic boom in New Jersey: https://t.co/eUr4sB28Wm pic.twitter.com/TQFlkGr633

— USGS (@USGS) January 28, 2016

The boom was centered north of Hammontown, NJ, around 1:30 p.m. It was the first of multiple experienced in the hours following the initial boom, the USGS said.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly said it contacted researchers at Columbia University who confirmed that the trembling was not an earthquake.

We contacted Lamont Doherty Observatory @ Columbia University who confirmed that it was not an earthquake & likely result of a sonic boom.

— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) January 28, 2016

A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person hears when an airplane, travels faster than the speed of sound. The boom travels through the air with the plane, so it arrives at different ground locations at different times, the USGS said.

Since many have asked: A sonic boom travels through the air w/ the airplane so it arrives at different ground locations at different times.

— USGS (@USGS) January 28, 2016

A military facility in Trenton, the Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst, said it doesn’t house any aircraft capable of supersonic flights. The base also said it wasn’t conducting any ground artillery training.

“It wasn’t us,” a spokesperson for the Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst said.

The 177th Air National Guard, which flies F-16 jets, also they were not conducting any flights in the region.

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