Sonic boom heard in Hertfordshire first thought to be earthquake

PUBLISHED: 10:31 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:31 30 October 2014

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport


A sonic boom was heard in the skies above Hertfordshire, with some initially thinking it was an earthquake.

The loud clapping sound was made when fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, intercepted a Latvian cargo plane which had strayed off course yesterday (Wednesday).

The plane eventually landed at Stansted Airport.

SJ Howitt tweeted from Standon: “Anyone know if that bang at 4.30pm was an earthquake or sonic boom? Puckeridge, Hertfordshire.”

While Karen Adams took to the micro-blogging site to add: “Either we’ve just experienced a #SonicBoom or an earthquake – the building just shook & there’s no sign of anything else??!! #Hertfordshire.”

• Did you hear noise in Hertfordshire? Email with your accounts of the sonic boom.

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