Are ice quakes causing ‘booms’ in South Jersey? – Poll
Residents of both towns posted comments on Facebook describing a loud boom accompanied by a rumble.
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, who regularly hosts artillery training in the area, told NJ.com they aren't responsible for the sounds. Bordentown Township police Capt. Norman Hand said that the sound might be the thawing of the ground after New Jersey's frigid winter.
According to New Jersey 101.5 meteorologist Dan Zarrow, the phenomena Hand's suggesting is called cryoseism. Water saturates the ground, freezes and then expands, causing stress that can eventually produce an explosion and cracking sound. However, this usually happens in extremely cold places like Alaska and Michigan.
What do you think? Are the loud booms coming from thawing ground or something else? Share your opinion in the poll below!