A loud noise was heard in Bengaluru today around 1.30 PM near the city’s Whitefield area
By Simranjeet Kaur
A loud noise was heard in Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon around 1.30 pm near the city’s Whitefield area. Many Bengaluru residents across several areas in the city took to social media to state that a loud ‘boom’ had been heard in the area. While some residents said they heard a ‘boom,’ and a ‘thunderous noise,’ others felt tremors and windows rattling for as long as five seconds.
The sound was heard as far as Cooke Town, Vivek Nagar, Ramamurthy Nagar, Hosur Road, HAL, Old Madras Road, Ulsoor, Kundanahalli, Kammanahalli, CV Raman Nagar, Whitefield and HSR Layout in the city. Several social media users stated that they could feel vibrations for about five minutes.
A resident of Halasuru in the city said the sound was more like a thud, and she assumed it to be thunder.
Meanwhile, others are still trying to figure out where the sound actually came from.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told TNM that no damage was reported anywhere in the city and no calls have been made to 100. “We have asked the Air Force Control Room to check if this was a flight,” he said, adding that they are waiting for the Air Force to confirm.
TNM reached out to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre (KSNDMC), who confirmed that it wasn’t an earthquake. “Earthquake activity will not be restricted to one area and will be widespread. We have checked our sensors and there is no earthquake activity recorded today,” Srinivas Reddy, Director of KSNDMC.
Officials at the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said that there was no ground motion detected. The seismometers have not recorded any spoke. This would mean that the earthquake is not the source of the sound, the officials also said.
In 2005, too, a similar ‘sonic boom’ was heard in Bengaluru.
Speculations were rife among the Twitterati that the ‘sonic boom’-like sound was due to a fighter jet. However, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rejected the reports, saying it had nothing do to with the mysterious sound. Notably, “a sonic boom is a thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound,” says nasa.gov.