Did You Feel It? Seismic Expert Says Friday Rumble Was Not An Earthquake

January 28, 2023

Did you feel the rumble Friday morning? Experts say it was not an earthquake.

There is no official confirmation about what caused a rumble or a ground shake. NorthEscambia.com received over 1,000 reports, and 911 operators took several reports.

The event was recorded on an official seismic monitor in Brewton, Alabama, at 11:09 a.m. (You can see the recorded event in the graphic above where the black line “jumps”.)

Geological Survey of Alabama Geologic Investigations Program Director Sandy Ebersole, PhD, reviewed the data along with the USGS and told NorthEscambia.com that it was not an earthquake.

“The data is messy and noisy,” she said. “It definitely does not have an earthquake signature.”

Ebersole said the rumble was likely caused by aircraft.

The Navy did not confirm anything from their bases, nor did the Air Force.

Escambia County officials confirm there was no explosion or other event in the county that caused the rumble. A large column of smoke was visible in southern Escambia County. The smoke was from a controlled burn at the Jones Swamp south of Highway 98 and was in no way related to the rumble, according to county officials.


65 Responses to “Did You Feel It? Seismic Expert Says Friday Rumble Was Not An Earthquake”

  1. Patrick Rushing on February 17th, 2023 2:52 pm

    Happened twice this morning about 11:20 am. Howard shook and a boom was heard two times about 15 minutes apart. Any ideas what this might be?

  2. Jake on February 1st, 2023 1:21 pm

    Definitely felt it in Cantonment, off of Pine Forest Road!!! I first thought it was a garbage truck but it wasn’t on a Tuesday when they do the pickups. Also, they don’t rattle the entire house and windows. It occurred several times and definitely felt like a small earthquake to me. I’ve felt sonic booms many times in my life and this was not that. Surely there has to be an explanation to what occurred that Friday!!!??? Even the floor of the house was trembling.

  3. sam on January 30th, 2023 9:33 am

    it’s the military. no telling what they’re up too. just hope it worked as planned.

  4. Mr. Bob Bibble on January 30th, 2023 5:25 am

    It was more then likely Greyson Eagan breaking the sound barrier trying to get back to THE FUTURE!!!

  5. Sharon Boyer on January 29th, 2023 9:50 pm

    Around 11am sounded like one of the garbage trucks outside my window making the house shake and I could see the sunroom windows shaking. It happened two more times the muffled booms. We went outside and our nextdoor neighbors came out also with the same recollections.

  6. Memorie Peters on January 29th, 2023 9:14 pm

    Hwy 98 Tiger Point Gulf Breeze. 1 loud boom, complete shaking of the house and myself. 2nd boom not as loud. 2 seconds of chaos. Still concerning that the public isn’t being told. Im used to Eglin testing bombs but this was completely different.

  7. Heard and Felt It on January 29th, 2023 8:30 pm

    Heard 2 booms and felt my RV shake side to side in Silverhill, Alabama. Not one verifiable reason for what we heard and felt online. Russia war ship off of the east coast? This is truly bizarre.

  8. Kevin on January 29th, 2023 12:25 pm

    Drives me crazy that this hasn’t been solved over the weekend.

  9. Ed weihenmayer on January 29th, 2023 12:20 pm

    I live in Molino near boat ramp. At about 11am I thought I heard someone shaking my front door really hard. I thought someone was trying to bust door down. Then it stopped. Then maybe 25 seconds later there was a big solid boom that rattled the house. I thought someone had drove their car into the house because they couldn’t rip door down. First sound was several rumbling that shook everything. Second was a more solid one sound boom which was louder than first sound.

  10. Dusk Tucker on January 29th, 2023 11:54 am

    We definitely felt it! Around 11:00 am, maybe a little after. The house shook, I heard a loud boom, followed by rolling rumbling, and a smaller boom. The animals went on alert! I ran outside to see if I could locate where it was coming from. All of the dogs in the neighborhood were barking furiously! I would like to know what that was!

  11. Thomas on January 28th, 2023 8:23 pm

    I was laying in bed, because I work overnight and I was waking by a shake, at first I thought it was a sonic boom because it felt like I’d the house was being pushed. It might sound crazy, maybe it just maybe, it could be a sign.since it wasn’t just felt in Florida but two different states.

  12. Roy Rodriguez on January 28th, 2023 5:09 pm

    Having been at Edwards AFB when the shuttle was returning and entered the atmosphere coming in over LA the sound of the double sonic booms sounded very similar to what I heard and felt . I agree with an earlier poster that space junk or something entering the earth’s atmosphere is a very likely possibility. Thousands of people don’t feel and hear their imagine.

  13. Susan Mckennan on January 28th, 2023 4:38 pm

    I had just laid down for a lil mid morning rest. I heard my roof pop and my windows rattled. My dogs ears stood up he growled I felt like a airplane was going to hit our house. It was pretty scary. I have never felt anything like that while living in Florida 20 years . I have been in earth quakes in Mexico and Oregon.. It felt like that to me. It was definitely intense .

  14. House flew in pieces on January 28th, 2023 4:04 pm

    I heard this too and then my house flew to pieces. My head hurts really bad like a wahwahwahwah feeling hard to explain. There was a kind of green junk all over the place. It smelled like peas or some kind of vegetable. I was so scared. My cat jumped into the air and landed on the ceiling fan blade. I still can’t get her down. I turned it on high but she holds on. Was it an earthquake?

  15. Chris on January 28th, 2023 2:39 pm

    We heard two booms and rumbling in Perdido Key but didn’t feel any shaking.

  16. Jane on January 28th, 2023 2:05 pm

    I was asleep at the time, but my husband definitely heard it (very loud explosion) and told me about it. He said it reverberated off all the houses around us, and all the dogs in the neighborhood started barking. We are in robertsdale a block of hwy 90. He said it sounded as if coming from the south, like something big blew up.

  17. Sue Weaver on January 28th, 2023 1:16 pm

    I firmly believe that it was the Brevard Fault
    (Look it up!) It begins in Brevard, North Carolina and ends at Montgomery, Alabama. But…a Fault can grow wider, deeper, and/or longer!
    I think that Fault has Extended to the coast of Alabama area and The Florida Panhandle areas.
    OR…the underwater areas of the coastal ocean and bay areas experienced a huge shift…..ready for a Tsunami, anyone. The Book of Revelation tells of disruptions in the sky, sea, and earth! Read it for yourselves. People get ready!!! Messiah Jesus( Y’ Shua WILL be coming for His.

  18. Jim on January 28th, 2023 12:56 pm

    Berrydale a definite rumble and viberation that traveled at around 11, I looked at the clock because it was unusual.

  19. Holley on January 28th, 2023 12:37 pm

    I live in Navy Point on the NW side where our home faces SW 32 degrees. I was out side edging our grass when just about that time something exploded not a boom sound or airplane crash or anything I could give reference too. Very different sounding noise I’ve ever heard. Beneath my feet ground was lightly trembling, some of pavers in the driveway pulled from settling flat only a hand full closest to the road. Then about minute and a half another one lightly trembled again but the ground I notice and felt it rumbling SE towards my carport drive.
    I went inside and it was 11:01am
    I thought probably a sound barrier from entering the atmosphere.

  20. Old Trucker on January 28th, 2023 8:51 am

    Maybe it’s a good time for some of us to allow ourselves some serious thoughts. What will it be like on the last great day? Where will I be? What will I be doing? And most importantly, will I be ready?

  21. Susie on January 28th, 2023 8:50 am

    I was spotting my husband climbing into the attic checking the duct work and neither of us or my pack of Jack Russells heard or felt anything. Nice! We’re in Cantonment.

  22. Ronda Kelly on January 28th, 2023 8:44 am

    As I commented earlier, felt 01/27/23 at about11:10am. Near Blue Angel Parkway and Lillian Hw. I wanted to add after thinking about it…. Even though it did NOT sound like a sonic boom from a jet breaking the sound barrier, it DID feel somewhat similar to when the space shuttle would make re-entry to the atmosphere. When I lived in CA I felt that a couple of times when the trajectory to Edwards AF Base meant it came in over LA. There would be 2 quick percussion burst. So what I felt yesterday would have to have been 2 items making re-entry together. Which makes me think space debris or pieces of that comet or meteor that are close by. Also consider those who felt it tended to be in a building oriented East/west, while their neighbor in a house facing north/ south often did not feel a thing. Could also have been a solar flare? Just my opinion.

  23. Momog6 on January 28th, 2023 8:20 am

    I was laying in bed next to my husband and my daughter was standing next to us, I didn’t hear or feel anything at all, but both of them jumped up and ran outside where some of my family was trying to figure it out! Up the road at my store my manager said that when it happened only people on the left side of my store was able to feel and hear anything! That is so weird!

  24. joy on January 28th, 2023 7:54 am

    I live 2 miles south of the Atmore cutoff and at my kitchen table-my windows rattled- the chair shook and it was louder and stronger than some of the other ones —could this be from Century’s fracking?? I am just grabbing at straws they are louder and stronger every year what is going on?????

  25. D. M. Capo on January 28th, 2023 4:33 am

    Was on my back porch in Orange Beach right next to Wolf Bay and heard what sounded like a dump truck or garbage truck but it vibrated the closed back door open and then I heard a loud exploding type of sound. At first I thought it was the construction going on on W. Perdido Ave, but it opening a closed door didn’t seem right. Sounded and felt like it came from the south.

  26. Carly B on January 28th, 2023 12:35 am

    In Summerdale near Walmart and I thought some type of stampede of deer was ramming into my mobile home..my front door flew open and every window shook…my baby cried and I was shaking as well. Looked outside as I shut the door back and there was nothing but sunny blue skies….super weird….

  27. Kyle on January 27th, 2023 11:56 pm

    Bomb testing at Eglin?

  28. Patsy Weekley on January 27th, 2023 11:50 pm

    We were out for the day and returned home around 4:30 pm.. I walked to my bathroom in the North end of my house facing 196. Hwy 29 is east of me and 97 west. I felt the floor move under my feet I ran to the window and heard rumbling. I yelled for Don and ask him did he feel and hear this. He said, what, I told him the house moved and rumbling sounds thru my walls. . It last about 15 seconds and then over. I didn’t know anything about any of this. I saw it on the Facebook later. I could not believe this. I know what I felt and heard.

  29. Ann on January 27th, 2023 11:14 pm

    Heard what sounded like loud explosion or thunder . Live off 87 N in Milton Fl. Near whiting which is 2 miles north. Sounded like it was from the west of me . Windows rattled……… crazy thing my Daughter asked me two days before if I heard sonic booms being reported from Brewton and Milton apparently it happened January 25th also

  30. Joshua Sheffield on January 27th, 2023 10:08 pm

    In Cantonment right by the paper mill. 2 distinct booms and rumbling around 11am… I’ve never felt that kind of shaking here in this area.

  31. Well on January 27th, 2023 10:05 pm

    Pretty sure I saw the Avengers battling space aliens.
    Can’t believe no pictures.

  32. mnon on January 27th, 2023 8:48 pm

    I felt the rumbles and then a very very hard BAM it felt like it was about to blow my house apart, then it rumbled and bit and was gone…

    I sincerely doubt it is our Navy… most likely aliens. haha

  33. Bill T on January 27th, 2023 8:46 pm

    All the comments about this and all officials can’t figure it out !!! That’s the part that’s amazing nobody and I mean nobody knows what it was or not saying !!!!!

  34. Karen Wade on January 27th, 2023 7:57 pm

    Three distinct booms. House shook and you could feel the vibrations. I thought earthquake.

  35. Ronda Kelly on January 27th, 2023 6:54 pm

    About 11:05-11:10 AM. Pensacola, Blue Angel/Lillian Hwy area, border of Bellview and Myrtle grove. Not a boom but more like a very strong percussion thump on my roof. Then the windows rattled twice, then walls creaked. Clear blue sky. No sound of trucks nor aircraft, outside was silent. Speaking with neighbors friends and family I noticed people in homes facing East/west felt it, and on the same block, homes facing north/south did not. Coincidence?

  36. Yep on January 27th, 2023 6:38 pm

    On Stateline road South Flomaton — slight sway of the house. F6elt like the other earthquakes just much weaker. No sound.

  37. David on January 27th, 2023 6:32 pm

    I felt and heard it. I live in the Jacks Branch area just off Jack’s Branch road. What I heard sounded like it was across Perdido River in Baldwin County. It went on for a scant few seconds, and I figured that it was a minor earthquake.

  38. Emma on January 27th, 2023 5:31 pm

    I heard 2 or 3 booms the entire house was shaking ,windows and doors was shaking for several minutes. Thought it was an earthquake.

  39. Taylor on January 27th, 2023 5:21 pm

    Live in Gulf Breeze off 399 and felt my whole house shake.

  40. Debra Huetter on January 27th, 2023 5:13 pm

    Heard the boom, thought it was roof work.
    I was in the ( White House Black Market) at Tanger Outlet. The two employees there also heard it. Did not feel a shaking.

  41. Eric M on January 27th, 2023 4:39 pm

    I felt it. I live off 97, near 29. It was about 11:10, according to my watch. All of my windows started shaking. It happened twice, a few seconds apart.

  42. Carol Glodowski on January 27th, 2023 4:30 pm

    I felt it, well I should say my windows felt it and I heard the rumble. It sounded like a rumble when the heavy trucks go down Molino Rd but no trucks were around. The rumble and shaking felt like it came from above not from the ground.

  43. scott on January 27th, 2023 4:26 pm

    I live behind the airport off Spanish Trail, and I heard the framing of my house creak and rumble 3 times within 2 minutes. The first was the most pronounced at 11:03 AM

  44. Karen Lynch on January 27th, 2023 4:05 pm

    I felt it, commented and forgot to add location

  45. Claudia Van Gee on January 27th, 2023 4:05 pm

    I heard it while outside at the Equestrian Center in Pensacola. Very unusual. Not a plane breaking the sound barrier. Something different.

  46. EricaD. on January 27th, 2023 3:55 pm

    I live off Nicholson in Molino, I heard no type of air craft at all and even opened the door to check outside. It started off like a rumble of thunder but then I could feel the floor start to shake under my feet and then the walls started shaking and rattling everything.

  47. JBird on January 27th, 2023 3:35 pm

    Yes, rumbled the whole house for a bit. Like small waves. I guess it could have been a sonic boom, but I don’t remember them acting in this way. I wonder because for a few days there have been some really loud helo’s. Appears they are coming from Whiting by two’s. They are so big and really loud. I ran outside as it sounded like they were landing in the yard. So maybe related.

  48. Debra Walthall on January 27th, 2023 3:23 pm

    I heard 3 distinct booms between 11 to 1130 today. It shook my windows also. We live on Lost Key Dr at Perdido Beach Blvd

  49. Rachel Cotter on January 27th, 2023 3:15 pm

    Every couple months the same thing happens, no clue what it is but causes house to shake.

  50. Rachel Cotter on January 27th, 2023 3:13 pm

    Yes, my house shaked in Cantonment and you could hear the vibrations.

  51. Victoria on January 27th, 2023 3:08 pm

    I live on Highway 90 and CR 87 in Baldwin County and I felt two rumbles and I thought my house was falling in!

  52. Mike M on January 27th, 2023 3:01 pm

    I felt it and heard it in Greenville Al.

  53. NLM on January 27th, 2023 3:00 pm

    Heard and felt it here on Hwy 29 at Hwy 196 in Molino.

  54. Stephanie Chase on January 27th, 2023 2:54 pm

    I’m in Robertsdale AL and it was very scary for me and my 2year old. At first the doors and windows were rattling at sounded as if they were going to bust open and then it sounded like something was crashing into my house. When I walked outside there were dogs barking facing southbound and neighbors trying to figure out what was going on as well.

  55. Debbie Esquivel on January 27th, 2023 2:54 pm

    I felt the title description.

  56. Debra on January 27th, 2023 2:53 pm

    I live at 517 Lost Key Dr. Perdido Key. I heard 3 distinct booms and my windows shook with each one. It was sometime around 11 to 1130am today.

  57. Norm on January 27th, 2023 2:53 pm

    Heard three rumblings that shook our house in Summerdale, Baldwin County, Alabama.

  58. Jim weems on January 27th, 2023 2:47 pm

    I am in Summerdale Alabama. I live full-time in an RV. Definitely felt the RV shake twice separated by maybe 20 to 30 seconds. Definite shake did not hear a sonic boom. My neighbor who lives in a house near me also felt the same thing.

  59. Andrea on January 27th, 2023 2:46 pm

    Thank you North Escambia News. Marcus Point area

  60. Andrea on January 27th, 2023 2:44 pm

    Felt it strong. Heard it first then the walls shook and glass tinkled. Never felt that I don’t think. That was stronger than what we feel. But you are right. I heard something and then felt it. They say Russia has a warship just outside of the Florida Coastline. Why Florida?? Could our airmen being deployed? Prepare and pray.

  61. Shari wood on January 27th, 2023 2:39 pm

    Felt it three booms ! Figured it was Sonic boom from aircraft at one of the bases.

  62. DH White on January 27th, 2023 2:34 pm

    At 11:03 am I heard 3 distinct rumbles, and felt them as well . My house , windows, and door frame rattled and shook.
    I love on hwy 98 w and Bauer Rd. 32505. Scared me…. Been here over 40 yrs., This was a first.

  63. Kayla on January 27th, 2023 2:08 pm

    I live in Navarre and felt my bed and the wall behind me shake. I’m very curious what it was.

  64. Karen Lynch on January 27th, 2023 1:54 pm

    I was outside at the time and felt it through my body and heard my house shake and her rumbles of thunder. Something broke the sound barrier for sure. I was wondering if it was a meteor.

  65. Lisa on January 27th, 2023 1:46 pm

    Yes, I did. Ferry Pass area. Very mild, though.

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