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‘Unnerving’ Rumble in Virginia Beach a Mystery, NASA Says May Be Possible Meteor


By Kristin Davis, Lauren King, Meredith Kruse – “We may only ever know it as The Night the Earth Rattled.

The seconds-long reverberation at approximately 7:20 p.m. Tuesday sent neighbors to porches, piqued slumbering pets and launched a thousand theories. But nobody can say for sure what it was – not police or seismologists or meteorologists or NASA or Oceana Naval Air Station or the Virginia National Guard.

‘No clue,’ said Scott Mohr, a spokesman for Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

People reported feeling it from Suffolk to Newport News to the Eastern Shore and beyond. The intensity of the grumble was perhaps greatest in Virginia Beach, where five calls came in to 911 and firefighters set out in search of the source of an explosion.

None was found, said Lori Stiles, communications operations manager for the city. She felt it, too, from her home in Dam Neck, a sensation like that of an approaching storm that caused the house to creak.”  Read more.

Meteor likely caused mysterious boom – “VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach is a city full of sound. Waves crash at the Oceanfront and fighter jets scream overhead. However, a boom Tuesday night caught hundreds of normally unfazed residents from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore completely off-guard. ‘It shook my house,’ said one man.” Read more.

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