MCAS Miramar – NBC 7 San Diego
Something rocked San Diego on Tuesday night and no one really knew what it was, but Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar said it may have been due to aircraft training over the Pacific.
“While the MCAS Miramar cannot explain all of the sound events occurring in the area, in this case the cause may be due to aircraft training taking place in the W-291 range, approximately 30 miles away. southwest of San Diego over the Pacific Ocean, ”the MCAS said. in a press release.
MCAS Miramar said two planes left the base on June 8 and were performing air-to-air combat training.
Since the mid-1970s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has largely restricted supersonic flights over land. However, over the Pacific and at this distance, the supersonic speed complies with all FAA military statutes and regulations, explained MCAS Miramar.
The shaking was reported around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and residents of San Diegan, including some NBC 7 San Diego staff, took to Twitter to see if anyone else smelled their house shaking or heard a thud.
Journalist Melissa Adan believed her home was under siege.
The US Geological Survey did not report any local earthquakes. On-duty seismologist Jonathan Tytell said the “event” was detected by three sensors; one in Rosarito, Mexico, another in Pala and a third in Barrett Mountain. Tytell said the “event” was definitely not an earthquake.
Late Tuesday night, 2021 PGA Champion Phil Mickelson stepped in and took credit for the boom.
“My bad. I was testing a few pilots,” Mickelson tweeted. The six-time major winner reinvented his game at the end of his career, and it’s all about hitting “hellish bombs and seeds”.
Mickelson is on the field at the 2021 US Open in Torrey Pines next week. For more coverage of the championship, click here.
MCAS Miramar said the practice has existed for well over 24 years that the Marine Corps has operated out of Miramar.