Military jets were seen flying across the North West of England today which “violently shook” houses and a “sonic boom” was heard.
Residents who live in the North West thought it was an earthquake and the British Geological Survey (BGS) stated no earth tremors were logged.
Residents who live in the Lancashire area and in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire all heard the sonic boom.
A BGS spokesperson said, “We do have signals that may consistent with an event of a sonic origin.”
Flightradar 24 which monitors air traffic recorded activity which appeared to show Royal Air Force jets flying in the north of England and several fighter jets were seen to fly towards the North Sea.
A statement from the BGS said, “Data from BGS seismic networks were examined and signals consistent with a possible sonic origin were recorded at that time.”
A man, who lives in Southport, Merseyside, said, “There was a loud bang and the whole house violently shook.
“We went upstairs to see if a wardrobe or something had fallen but couldn’t see anything out of place.
“When we saw other people talking about it on Facebook we thought it might be fracking but then I saw a jet had been flying around Southport at a similar time so I now wonder if it was a sonic boom.”
Another person said, “Hi has there been a mini earth quake? My house and windows have been shaken. I live on Kenilworth.”