LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – “Was there an earthquake in San Diego today?”, residents asked on Friday June 29, 2012. While there was a light earthquake at the time, homeowners felt something far stronger at the time. As soon as the story broke, it bore exactly resemblance to another “earthquake mystery” story covered on LALATE back on Friday April 13, 2012. In April, another mysterious sonic boom, also on a Friday, struck San Diego, leaving residents guessing about quakes. Now military officials are treating this week’s occurrence far different than how they treated April’s confusion.
On April 13, 2012, a light 1.4 magnitude quake struck San Diego at roughly 8:18 AM PST. The quake was ninety-three miles from San Diego. But San Diego residents at the time immediately took to Twitter to question if what had happened was an earthquake today or something else. “Weird shaking and sounds in San Diego” wrote one person. Others reported dramatic window movements in their homes.
Later that day, LALATE reported news that there was no sonic boom from MCAS Miramar, so claimed military officials. Local officials told news that no military exercises had caused the problem.
But residents were skeptical. San Diego State University Professor Emeritus Pat Abbott told local news at the time that the sound could have been atmospheric. But weather reports deny that possibility of occurring on April 13. And yet, MCAS Miramar told news that there wasn’t a sonic boom at the time from any military activity.
This Friday June 29, 2012, virtually the same occurrence erupted again. At 12:45 PM a 1.7 magnitude quake struck the region. But residents reported that they felt something far stronger; “it was very sudden and quick, sounded like a truck barreled through my garage.”
Like in April, the military began to deny it was their military exercises. Brian O’Rourke, a spokesman from Navy Region Southwest in San Diego, told UTSanDiego “it wasn’t ours.”
But hours, later, unlike their initial denial and their denial in April, military officials finally admitted they were to blame. “At first, we didn’t think it was us,” said Lt. Aaron Kakiel, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Pacific in San Diego. “But when we looked closer we found out it was likely jets from the Carl Vinson, which was doing a flight demonstration in conjunction with the USS Carl Vinson Family Day.”
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