Jun 11, 2021
Mysterious 'skyquake,’ which rattled San Diego, may have been caused by a aircraft flying off the coast at 1,100 MPH
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A mysterious sonic boom shook parts of California and Mexico Tuesday evening, marking the third time since February residents have experienced an incident that many are calling a ‘skyquake.’
Officials are unsure what caused the loud sound, but flight tracking data showed an unidentified plane traveling at supersonic speeds off the coast of San Diego County around 8:20pm PST - minutes before the skyquake was heard.
Flight tracking data captured an aircraft soaring at altitudes between 20,000 and 25,000 feet that hit a recorded speed of 967 knots, or 1,112mph.
The sonic boom was so loud it rattled homes, spooked pets and sparked concerns of an earthquake among those living within 17 miles of San Diego County.
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Officials are unsure what caused the loud sound, but flight tracking data showed an unidentified plane (light blue path) traveling at supersonic speeds off the coast of San Diego County around 8:20pm PST - minutes before the skyquake was heard
The phenomena was reported by residents as far south as Tijuana and as far east as El Cajon in Mexico, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
In the US, reports surfaced in San Diego neighborhoods in the southeast and coastal areas, as well Linda Vista, Clairemont and Tierrasanta.RELATED ARTICLES
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The previous incident shook the area on March 10 at around 4:55pm PST, which hit Rancho Bernardo and Chula Vista in California and again in El Cajon.
Following Tuesday’s incident, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria shared an announcement via Twitter that may have been attempt to ease residents, but it seemed to have the opposite effect.
The unidentified aircraft (CY32S) appeared in flight tracking data around 8:20pm PST on June 8 - minutes before residents heard the sonic boom
San Diego County is surrounded by a number of naval bases and some residents believe the aviation activity may have caused the sonic boom
Gloria wrote: ‘Yes, I heard it. Now, I don’t know what it was. I’ll share if I get any information. Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet.’
One Twitter user, ‘Politically Stripped,’ called out the mayor, saying San Diego has been hit three times with mysterious booms and ‘no one has any answers.’
Twitter account SD Sports Curse responded: ‘The vaccines stop the spread of Booms.’
Following Tuesday’s incident, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria shared an announcement via Twitter that may have been attempt to ease residents, but it seemed to have the opposite effect
websites. ADS-B Exchange highlighted an unidentified aircraft flying near the shore line, which seems to be the only clear answer to the mysterious sonic boom. Rick Kane, a resident of Newport Beach, speculates the unidentified craft was an F-15.
The only clues of what caused the loud noise were captured by online flight tracking websites.
ADS-B Exchange highlighted an unidentified aircraft flying near the shore line, which seems to be the only clear answer to the mysterious sonic boom, The Drive reports.
Rick Kane, a resident of Newport Beach, speculated the unidentified craft was an F-15.
‘I’m guessing an F-15 from the 422nd TES was responsible for these booms. Perhaps the navy was testing an irst pod or targeting radar,’ Kane tweeted.
San Diego County is surrounded by a number of naval bases and tweets shared by ‘Warship Cam’ show that the the Nimitz class carrier USS Carl Vinson was operating in the area on the day the boom was heard.
The massive war ship left the Naval Base Coronado on June 7 and returned on June 9.
DailyMail.com had contacted Naval Base Coronado for comment for this story.Read more:
- Mystery shaking felt, boom heard across San Diego County for third time in 2021 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Home - Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast - ADS-B Exchange
- Supersonic Aircraft Tracked Off San Diego Coincided With Mysterious "Skyquake"
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400-Acre Flats Fire 10% Contained, 2 Homes Destroyed, A Firefighter Injured And Experts Worried About Dry Conditions Across Southland
YUCAIPA (CBSLA) – As temperatures soared today, air and ground fire crews battled the 400-acre Flats Fire in the Santa Rosa Mountains off of Highway 74.
“Pretty good, pretty good sized fire for this time of year,” Lisa Cox, a San Bernardino National Forest Spokesperson, said.READ MORE: LAPD K-9 Officer "Iggy" Struck In The Face By Armed Suspect, Remained Undeterred During The Incident
First reports came in just after 11 a.m. Sunday morning of a possible fire west of the Pinyon Flat campground in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
(credit: San Bernardino National Forest)
The fire spread quickly prompting mandatory evacuation orders for residents of more than 100 homes in Pinyon Crest. Officials also closed Highway 74 Palowet and Ribbonwood drives. Evacuation warnings were also issued for Pinyon and Alpine Village, authorities said.
So far, the blaze is about 10% contained. It has destroyed two homes and damaged three others. Three outbuildings were also damaged. At least one firefighter has been injured and transported for medical evaluation.
Around 400 firefighters fought the flames today. Nightshift crews have now arrived and will continue to work on containment.
Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the initial flames, but said there’s little doubt about what helped the blaze spread.
“So you’ve got critically low fuel moistures, you have the temperatures and then you’ve got the winds, ” Cox said.
Experts are concerned that same triple threat is spread across the entire southland.READ MORE: Flats Fire Now 10% Contained, 2 Homes Destroyed And 1 Firefighter Injured
One new tool firefighters will have this year, as part of the new Quick Reaction Force Program, funded by SoCal Edison and launching Tuesday, are the use of three Chinook Heli-Tankers.
The Chinooks are the world’s largest fire suppression choppers, able to carry 3,000 gallons of fire retardant and, in an historic first, are able to fly any time day or night.
Cindi Monaco remembers last summer when the 10,000-acre El Dorado fire threatened, but never reached her family’s Oak Glen Home.
“Yeah, we were really, we were really scared,” Monaco husband told CBSLA’s Laurie Perez.
Because the burn scar is so large near the Monaco’s home, the family feels like there’s not much left to burn and that, at least for now, this risk of fire is low for them. Still, the Monaco’s said their thoughts are with anyone else who might be in the path of this year’s fires.
“With everything as dry as it is in California, we have our fire seasons and you just have to take the necessary precautions,” he added.
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