As most of us are huddled in our offices working away this afternoon, reports are starting to come in of booms and shaking in The Garden State.

Update 2 - The USGS has now confirmed a sonic boom 3km NNE of Hammonton at 1:24.

Update - some South Jersey residents are reporting that they heard loud booms, in addition to feeling the ground shake.

Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy, director of the county's emergency management operations, said that the tremors appeared to be stronger in the southernmost section of the state. Cape May County emergency management supervisors ordered several evacuations.

The shakes prompted evacuation of the Ocean County Administrative Complex as well.

However, no one in a capacity to generate this type of tremor acknowledges any part in it. "The Joint Base (McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst) says there is no activity of this type in progress. State Police have no activity in progress," Mastronardy said. "We've reached geological experts, and they are looking into it as well."

Meanwhile, via Nixel text, the Sheriff is urging people not to call 911, which apparently has been inundated in Ocean County.

Barnegat police issued a Nixel message as well, saying, "We are experiencing some seismic activity and we are investigating same."

Reports have come in throughout the Southern portion of the state, as shown in this infographic courtesy of The Press Of Atlantic City:

Press Of Atlantic City Graphic

The topic is going full force on social media right now, including a post from the official Twitter account of the Harvey Cedars Police:

 

The US Geological Survey has not reported any detection of earthquake activity in New Jersey.

We'll keep you updated on this story as more details become available.

In the meantime, did you feel anything? Comment below and let us know!


 

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