TUESDAY 10/27/2020 3:02 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) — According to officials with Hill Air Force Base, the boom many Utahns felt and heard along the Wasatch Front Tuesday morning was likely the result of a sonic boom during aerial combat training on the UTTR.
Officials say typically the resulting noise is not heard near the front, but occasionally noise travels based on weather and atmospheric conditions.
“During training, pilots are authorized to fly at supersonic speeds in certain sections of the range’s airspace,” Hill Air Force Base posted on Twitter.
Training at the UTTR is a vital aspect of remaining mission ready, officials added.
ORIGINAL STORY: What did Utahns in the Salt Lake Valley just feel? It was not an earthquake
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Many people around the Salt Lake Valley felt what was thought to be another earthquake, but after reaching out to both the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) ABC4 is learning earthquakes can be ruled out.
So what was it? Residents from across the valley began reporting the shaking around 11:20 a.m. and reports have continued to come in from all over the Salt Lake Valley and as far as Huntsville and in Stansbury Park but so far the real cause is a mystery.
UUSS sent out a tweet confirming the event was not an earthquake.
ABC4 has reached out to the military, law enforcement, and seismologist for answers.
ABC4 will update this story as it develops.
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