Niagara County mystery boom and shaking attributed to small tremor

October 27, 2012 NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — A loud, unexplained noise set off dozens of calls to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning after residents reported hearing an explosion so loud it shook their homes. It was the mystery boom heard ’round the world – or at least Niagara County that caused the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office to field dozens of calls similar to this exchange from concerned residents: Dispatch: “Niagara County 911 what’s your emergency?” Caller: …I heard an explosion and my windows all shook. Dispatch: “You don’t see any fire or anything? Caller: “No. No, I don’t.” No fire and no damage but after several reports just after midnight Friday, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti said deputies went to investigate. “We actually had several units respond down to the, mostly it was the Newfane area, Town of Somerset, Barker area,” he explained. “They checked around and couldn’t find anything.” But they were offered plenty of suggestions, everything ranging from a sonic boom to a meteor. “As of early this morning, we still hadn’t figured out what caused it,” Filicetti said. According to officials at Columbia University, it’s not out of the question for tremors like Friday’s to be caused by landslides, sonic booms or even a meteor. In this case, however, the source turned out to be a 2.5 magnitude earthquake centered in the Town of Barker. So how do you explain that mystery boom? “They likely experienced a jolt, and that jolt would likely set one’s house in motion and I suspect that’s the noise they heard,” Andrew Whittaker explained. Whittaker, a structural engineering professor from the University at Buffalo, said it’s a common occurrence with minor earthquakes so close to the surface. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the area sits on a fault line and experiences several very minor quakes every few years, though none of any apocalyptic proportions. “We have no evidence whatsoever that a large magnitude event is around the corner,” Whittaker said. -Rochesterynn
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4 Responses to Niagara County mystery boom and shaking attributed to small tremor

  1. Irene C says:

    “We have no evidence whatsoever that a large magnitude event is around the corner,” Whittaker said. Is he really sure about that? New England has been hit with large earthquakes before. And it seems like some scientists in Italy said the same thing and they’re in jail now. Just saying….

  2. tonic says:

    So if ones house gets a jolt, expect a boom? Not what the caller above described.

  3. myjourneyoffaith@frontiernet.net says:

    I live in Rochester and didn’t hear of it. That date is also our wedding anniversary and we were in the town of Otto ny that morning. Got going early to drive back to Rochester to get prepared for hurricane sandy.

  4. femmefatale201271@roadrunner.com says:

    THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE BY ME ON SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!! I THOUGHT MY BED WAS JUST SHAKING BECAUSE OF MY NEIGHBORS. WHAT A SHAM!!!!!!! NEWS DIDN’T EVEN MENTION IT.

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