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New Hampshire has a bang: puzzles over a possible earthquake in the US state


A loud bang, then the earth should have vibrated: In more than 40 cities in New Hampshire are said to have heard a mysterious bang. The cause? Not clear.

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New Hampshire: where did the bang come from?

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A mysterious bang in New Hampshire puzzles the people of the US state.

Several residents heard a loud bang on Sunday morning, which is also said to have caused the earth to shake slightly, reports "New York Times" and the television station WMUR-TV.

The problem: the cause of the bang is unclear.

The "New York Times" quotes, among other things, the fire chief of New Boston, Dan MacDonald.

He heard something that "sounded like a loud explosion" and then felt a "slight vibration" in the house.

The fire department received several calls from people asking about the cause of the bang.

WMUR-TV reports that the station has received reports from more than 40 cities in New Hampshire, in which the explosive noise should have been heard.

More than 400 people are also believed to have shared their observation on, a website where people can report seismic activity.

No evidence of an earthquake

Numerous people are said to have speculated online about the reason for the bang.

According to the New York Times, there was speculation about meteorite impacts and airplanes.

Since small earthquakes were more frequent in New Hampshire, this was also a guess.

However, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that no earthquakes had been measured in the New England states in the past seven days.

A very small earthquake could not be ruled out, it said.

The US Space Force, which operates a base for the new space division of the US Armed Forces in New Boston, has not yet commented on the incident.


Source: spiegel

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