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Possible Earthquake?
updated: Dec 11, 2012, 12:38 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Hey, was that an earthquake? It shook my house in Mission Canyon.

Other subscribers sent Edhat similar reports:

  • Big booms heard Storke /Hollister 11:30 am

  • Just heard a very loud sound that made the house shake. Then saw on Facebook that other friends from Goleta to Montecito also heard it. Was it a sonic boom? Does anyone have an idea?

  • little Earthquake up here on the Mesa?

    Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

     COMMENT 352834 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:43 PM

    Didn't feel it here in Carp.

     

     COMMENT 352835 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:44 PM

    didn't feel it in Montecito

     

     COMMENT 352837 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:46 PM

    nope. not according to the USGS

     

     COMMENT 352839P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:46 PM

    NOT an earthquake, usgs did not pick it up.

    Sonic boom perhaps?

     

     COMMENT 352842P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:51 PM

    OP - USGS does not show anything as other posters have mentioned, if you didn't know there is a site you can check:

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/

    It usually takes a few minutes but shows recent CA/NV Earthquake activity

     

     COMMENT 352844 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:52 PM

    shook the windows for about 20seconds here in Ellwood - probably sonic boom

     

     COMMENT 352845P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:54 PM

    Adding to 842P - you can also sign up for email/text alerts. A guy I used to work with had them, there was a big earthquake in LA and he yelled through the office about it BEFORE we even felt anything. Technology is crazy cool these days.

     

     COMMENT 352846 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:54 PM

    Our windows shook for quite awhile. Up off 154.

     

     COMMENT 352847 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:55 PM

    there were 2 waves of energy... windows vibrated for a second or two...pause...second, longer wave of energy with that slight dizzy, nausea feeling of ground moving imperceptibly underneath my feet... there was some kind of movement here on the mesa...

     

     COMMENT 352850 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 12:59 PM

    I felt it in the Upper East. Shook my glass front door for about 15 seconds.

     

     PATRICK agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:04 PM

    I heard/felt them while downtown. Seemed more like a far off explosion than a quake.

     

     COMMENT 352854 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:05 PM

    Spaceship launch from Vberg. The clandestine mission is related to the asteroid "flyby" or collision depending on who you trust, confirmed.

     

     COMMENT 352856 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:08 PM

    Heard multiple booms over the course of a minute or two - nothing shook and I could see no evidence of a contrail or other aircraft launch from the north. Definitely a series of sonic booms heard from the hills above Montecito.

     

     MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:17 PM

    Heard and felt it too, but didn't feel like earthquake.

     

     COMMENT 352864 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:20 PM

    352854 - Yeah. Bruce, Ben, and Nucky are heading up to drill the asteroid Toutatis and plant a nuke.

    This 3-mile wide asteroid, which we are being told will miss earth, is actually going to hit us tomorrow. Total planetary extinction will take approximately nine days, meaning that all life on earth will cease on, you guessed it, 12/21/12.

    Well played, Maya.

     

     COMMENT 352865 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:24 PM

    Sounded like a meteorological event, perhaps atmospheric pressure and wind shifts?? have to ask Alan Rose (there is a storm coming in) nothing registers on usgs. Have heard this sound before up in the Canyon. Rumbling sounds but no ground movement, sometimes windows rattle (or Rodger Dodger was eating beans again ;)

     

     COMMENT 352868 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:33 PM

    Stating that everything is confirmed is lame. Confirmed.

     

     COMMENT 352870 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:36 PM

    In Goleta by DPHS, windows rattled around 1140am.

     

     COMMENT 352873P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:52 PM

    @845P, I had that experience after the 1993 Northridge quake -- I was talking on the phone to my father, who was in Sherman Oaks. He said he could feel another aftershock starting, and 5 seconds later I felt it in Noleta. It was creepy!

     

     COMMENT 352875 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 01:55 PM

    There was a giant AirForce plane that just took off from SBA? Perhaps that was it when it landed?

     

     COMMENT 352879 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:07 PM

    Smart Meters gearing up for Dec. 21.

     

     COMMENT 352882 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:09 PM

    It was Oprah landing at the airport and then going to UCSB

     

     COMMENT 352887 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:16 PM

    Too long for a sonic boom but too small to move walls or floors. Didn't even create ripples in the pool.

     

     COMMENT 352891P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:24 PM

    864, I like how you think. [Cuz J, is that you?]

     

     COMMENT 352895 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:30 PM

    My windows rattled here in Carp but I had no sensation of earth movement.

    I also have a piece of art that hangs from our ceiling that is quite sensitive to any ground movement. It'll sway and move for quite a while after even the most subtle tremblor.
    Given these two contraints: I believe we had some sort of atmospheric event but not a geologic one.

     

     COMMENT 352896 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:32 PM

    It was an earth quake people, Both me wife and I felt...happened at1130 for 20 seconds, she felt it, I saw the patio doors jiggling and heard them do so faintly from 1 1/2 feet away!
    Never know , so be ready, God is in control!

     

     COMMENT 352901 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:37 PM

    Yeah, one of those earthquakes the no seismometer can detect by your feet can.

     

     COMMENT 352904 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 02:39 PM

    Google..or better youtube the word
    H.A.A.R.P. and apply this therory to what happened.
    Not a conspiracy nut.. uncle is retired air forcce

     

     COMMENT 352920 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:15 PM

    Okay, I've looked up HAARP. Interesting. I've applied that theory to this reported event... nothing. For one it isn't a theory, but a project and it's unclassified. They're use radio signals. Perhaps you could explain how you think this has anything to do with today's non-earthquake?

     

     EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:17 PM

    Thanks for my afternoon entertainment. No information, but entertaining just the same.

     

     COMMENT 352924 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:20 PM

    Definitely heard multiple sonic booms that shook the windows in Hope Ranch around 11:40am. They sounded similar but stronger than those I've heard when the Delta and Atlas rockets are launched. Seemed to have way more energy.

    Would love to hear the story.

     

     COMMENT 352934 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:26 PM

    Numerous studies have confirmed HAARP is being used for more than just your average scientific research. It is no small coincidence that today's use of HAARP technology is related to the sudden forecasting of imminent rain tomorrow. Some may laugh but the public need to continue to push for more information about HAARP as well as being informed on what they are spraying.

     

     COMMENT 352938 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:31 PM

    I heard/felt it at Butterfly Beach. Weird, could barely hear them, but made me physically ill at ease for a few seconds.

     

     COMMENT 352950 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:43 PM

    There were two, first one shook the house in the mountains, second one long and lingering. Both showed up on the Mt. Abel seismograph.....

     

     COMMENT 352960 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:57 PM

    I think a sonic boom. Heard two one right after the other. Cape Canaveral launched the X37 this morning. The secret space plane. Maybe a problem developed and they brought it down at Vandenberg AFB.

     

     COMMENT 352961 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 03:58 PM

    The Mt. Able seismograph at both 11:30 and at 11:40 am PST is flat as a pancake. I see a wiggles marked at 11:27.45 and 11:44.45, but no one is reporting anything at those times.

     

     COMMENT 352971P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 04:08 PM

    Thanks 960. That's the space activity I was thinking of and couldn't remember enough to look up. Though I didn't feel or hear anything today in Oak Park area.

    "After a delay of nearly two months owing to a technical glitch, the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane blasted off again from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop an Atlas rocket on Tuesday."
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/space-plane-third-flight/
    Published 6:30 am. updated 1:12 p.m.Time zone not specified.

     

     COMMENT 352979P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 04:15 PM

    Hmmm. "The 19-story Atlas V and the space plane, dubbed the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida just after 1 p.m. Eastern time."
    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-robotic-plane-x37b-20121211,0,5106042.story

    do we feel those?!

    another short article from LA Times:
    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-x37b-space-drone-20121210,0,2522535.story

    I don't intend to overwhelm with links, but I do try to always cite my sources.

     

     SBSRFR agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 04:28 PM

    I felt them too. Three series of waves, got an uneasy feeling in my stomach too. We have plastic on a louvered door while we are under construction and the plastic was moving like a draft back and forth like a door had closed on the other side. Not a jolt, more wave like. Turned around and the pool water was moving. No wind outside at the time. I live on Cathedral Oaks and trucks come through sometimes fast and it shakes my house. I thought it was that until I came on Edhat and saw all these posts!

     

     COMMENT 353068 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 07:54 PM

    I felt it here in the Goleta foothills. Hopefully we will find out what it was and not just continue to get "troll" comments :-)

     

     KEVINSB agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 07:57 PM

    Great call on the X37B!

    I think between your links above combined with this link in the christian science monitor piece (see below) and the launch is that they flew it straight over VAFB to take measurements. Assuming the spacecraft climbed to 200-250miles and was going 1500-2000kts, it is quite possible it flew over here 40mins after launch.
    See this section of the piece, where it demonstrates that X37B (an Air Force project) previously flew directly over 5 out of the 8 AFSCN bases, of which Vandenberg is one. Everything after this is a quote from the following article:
    Christian Science Aug 24, 2010 - can't paste link:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2010/0824/Secret-Air-Force-X-37B-space-plane-changes-its-orbit

    "the space plane passed within range of several Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) facilities:Vandenberg Tracking Station, Vandenberg AFB, California; Colorado Tracking Station, .... The final maneuver occurred near the next high point of its orbit, which happened to coincide near overhead passes of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ..."

     

     KEVINSB agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 08:47 PM

    961- I heard the booms at 11:40 and that would fall within your seismograph observations. Of course, sonic booms are nothing compared with even minor earthquakes and probably don't really "move the needle."

    960- if they were actually landing it at VAFB, it wouldn't be supersonic in santa barbara, as it would likely take a hundreds miles to slow to approach speed if not 4x that distance. Therefore, my hypothesis is that it passed overhead for measurements. That christian science article is pretty interesting.

     

     EMUWREN1 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 09:29 PM

    864: I like the Nucky reference.

     

     COMMENT 353125P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-11 11:27 PM

    didn't feel this one but i felt the same thing being described by everyone while working at my office near goleta amtrak on sunday afternoon.

     

     COMMENT 353286P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 11:50 AM

    We didn't hear or feel anything, confirmed.

     

     COMMENT 353288P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 11:53 AM

    O.K., 11:57 a.m. on Wed. morning, two big ground-thumping blast-like somethings, felt like the ones we are talking about above. What are they?

     

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