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Sonic Booms
updated: Dec 20, 2012, 10:44 AM

Source: San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office

Type of Incident: Sonic Booms

Date and Time of Incident: 12-20-12

Place of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo County

Victim Information: N/A

Suspect Information: N/A

Details of News Release: On 12-20-12, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office received several reports of what appeared to be seismic activity in the county. The Sheriff's Office has confirmed through various state and federal agencies that there has been no seismic activity in our area. It's believed the activity was caused by sonic booms from military aircraft flying over this region of California. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms there was a sonic boom reported at 9:26 AM and again at 9:40 AM. No damages have been reported.

Chief of Media Relations for Edwards Air Force Base stated the shaking and rumbling felt on the Central Coast Thursday morning was caused by an F-22 aircraft. (12/21/12)
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I just experienced 3 bouts of rattling windows here in Goleta at 9:30 am. Seemed like pressure waves, definitely not an earthquake. Anyone know the cause? (12/21/12)
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 COMMENT 356003 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 10:52 AM

Hmm... military aircraft breaking the sound barrier over California coast and Vandenburg AFB isn't aware of it? Maybe their radar was jammed.

 

 COMMENT 356004 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 10:52 AM

That finally makes sense. The windows rattle but the walls and floors do not - must be pressure waves from sonic booms somewhere out in the ether.

 

 COMMENT 356027 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 11:36 AM

But Facebook and the Interents said it was an earthquake.

 

 COMMENT 356035 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 11:56 AM

What kind of aircraft would support sonic booms this far in range? I can't seem to find anything on the internet that would support booms.

 

 COMMENT 356036 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:05 PM

Something that goes really fast, I'd imagine.

 

 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:14 PM

Don't accept these nonsensical official positions. This is clearly the precursor to the 12/21/12 end of days. Of course there's still nothing to do with this knowledge.

 

 COMMENT 356040 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:18 PM

Cottage Hospital helicopters are buzzing everywhere, can't get no rest.

 

 COMMENT 356043 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:29 PM

I thought it was funny noozhawk wrote an article saying it was a earthquake when nothing was confirmed. It's always the military and everyone's always so surprised. We live by a bass. News flash: SB has always been a heavy testing zone since before many of us were here and it's a military base so they're not going to tell you everything they do when they do it.

 

 COMMENT 356046 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:45 PM

David Oppenheimer with the U.S. Geological Survey told KSBY News the shaking and boom seems to have been caused by a "sonic signal not an earthquake." He continued to say that the object is most likely an aircraft heading north and that preliminary reports show it reaching 2,000-plus miles per hour.

 

 COMMENT 356049 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 12:59 PM

Launch of the "super secret" X-37 on December 20 from Cape Canaveral is confirmed. A few hours later sonic booms from a aircraft "traveling north at 2,000 mph" are heard and felt throughout the Central Coast of California. There is no measurable earthquake during this period. The military has "no knowledge" of any aircraft causing such sonic booms. The head scratching continues...

 

 COMMENT 356058 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:14 PM

A lot of us have been hearing these booms for months which have all been posted here on Edhat. The last time I heard them was on the 11th just before noon. This one was a lot bigger and more widespread than the others. It could be aircraft but to me it doesn't sound like the normal sonic booms. I have seen many rocket launches, space shuttle lift offs and landing but these noises are something different. The only logical sense would be that it's the military testing some type of new airship. If it's not the military, well, something else is going on folks.

 

 COMMENT 356065 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:27 PM

What if the Chinese or Russians are flying over and letting the US know we can't stop them?

 

 COMMENT 356066 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:28 PM

Someone is messing with us. The day before 12-12-12? Come on man!

 

 COMMENT 356068 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:29 PM

049, What source has "confirmed" this? The only information available online are reports of a launch on December 11th.

 

 COMMENT 356069 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:30 PM

Yes, the Chinese and the Russians. With their modern, high-tech fleet of long range..uh... zeppelins and 15 year old jets.

 

 COMMENT 356071P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:31 PM

The sound of spent money....

 

 COMMENT 356078 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 01:50 PM

Maybe they are working on a jet that doesn't produce the typical "boom boom" sonic boom? Not sure if it's possible, but if you would have a stealth jet that is invisible to radar, fly's reallllly fast, and doesn't go boom, then no one would ever know what hit them.

 

 COMMENT 356087 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 02:25 PM

These aircraft are coming out of Edwards AFB, not Vandenberg. They always fly the experimental AC over the water in case they have to ditch. They will never confirm nor deny the existence of such AC, so don't hold your breath. Unless they crash into our city, they aren't harming anyone, and none of you has the right to know what is going on. All you need to know is the typical boom or double boom followed by a little shaking is just a sonic boom and nothing to worry about. No need to turn into a bunch of Chicken Littles.

 

 COMMENT 356092 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 02:37 PM

As much as I understand the national security issues involved with testing aircraft, I think we most definitely have a "right" to know where all our billions of tax dollars are going. Yes, the military needs their toys (honestly, can any other military even come close to ours in terms of technology?) but they're using our money so I, for one, would like to know.

We are not going to just keep quiet like dutiful little peons even thought that's what big brother would like.

Merry Christmas!

 

 COMMENT 356093 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 02:41 PM

356092 - No, we have elected representatives who have the responsibility of spending your tax dollars, and THEY have the right to know what it is being spent on.

You do NOT currently have, nor have you EVER had the right to know exactly where every tax dollar goes. Sorry to burst your little bubble.

 

 COMMENT 356094 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 02:41 PM

Used to happen all the time in the sixties when we were kids.I remember thinking the sliding glass doors were going to break.It was cool and frightening at the same time.

 

 COMMENT 356099 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 02:57 PM

The sonic booms are being genterated unidentified submersible objects (USO’s) piloted by ancient astronauts transported to the future that have been regularly visiting the Channel Islands since 1937.

This is a cover up on the most massive scale.

 

 COMMENT 356153 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 04:51 PM

Because our flimsy 60's house (the cheapest windows ever made) rattles violently to the weakest skyquakes, we have been interested in this for at least 10 years. We think they are caused by hypersonic craft. We never know what the current state of weapons are, but I suspect this is "Aurora" craft. Very large, carries 100+ icbm's, flies at mach 3-5!!! (an hour from anywhere) It uses pulsed propulsion technology. (pop pop pop sound and contrails that look like pearl necklace). The missions fly over between 9 and 10 AM and again at 3-4 PM (return from mission?) When we were levelling Iraq, it was a daily. Because these are secret craft, they may come from Nevada, not Edwards.

 

 COMMENT 356159 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 04:58 PM

And we've finally hit Peak Crazy in this thread. Either that, or Peak Awesome Troll.

 

 COMMENT 356169 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:18 PM

153 - I thought the Aurora used plasma propulsion. Thats what The History Channel told me.

 

 COMMENT 356177 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:36 PM

153-who is "we" exactly? Its an F-22. Where I live in Utah in the winter(not there yet) F-16's take off and land near our house.Almost as good as watching fireworks.

 

 COMMENT 356178P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:36 PM

Know the difference between the sound of an earthquake and a sonic boom...they are vastly different.

 

 COMMENT 356179 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:38 PM

That skydiver-Baumgartner is at it again.

 

 COMMENT 356188 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 06:08 PM

Nice try 356153, but planes don't carry ICBMs. If you are going to spoon up a long-debunked myth for us to feed on, at least get the "facts" straight.

 

 DOUGBUCK agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 08:25 PM

We used to live in Cambria and had constant sonic booms from the Naval Air Force fliers from Lemoore in the San Joaquin Valley flying back and forth at sonic speed well off the coast. They didn't have F-22s then (1990).

 

 DOUGBUCK agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 08:25 PM

We used to live in Cambria and had constant sonic booms from the Naval Air Force fliers from Lemoore in the San Joaquin Valley flying back and forth at sonic speed well off the coast. They didn't have F-22s then (1990).

 

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