Did the earth move for you?


THE sky may not have tumbled down and there were no hearts trembling, but a number of Coffs Coast residents did feel the earth move under their feet.

Explaining why you may have heard the popular Carole King song being sung around town yesterday, many Coffs Coast residents have reported feeling an 'earth tremor' late Tuesday night.

People from Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo and as far north as Yamba reported houses shaking and windows rattling about 11pm.

It is said to have lasted between just a few seconds to 30 seconds.

However, a Geoscience Australia spokeswoman said their monitoring network didn't record any signs of seismic activity.

The Defence Department said the 'tremor' could have been caused by a jet involved with the Royal Australian Air Force training activity, The East Coast Air Defence Exercise (ECADEX).

Taking place until the end of the month, the exercise is being conducted in the East Coast military training area off the coast of New South Wales.

A variety of aircraft will be involved in the exercise.

Up to four F-111C strike and Learjet aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley, Hawk and F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown, as well as a Boeing 707T Tanker aircraft (33 SQN) providing support from RAAF Richmond will participate.

The exercise provides Air Force personnel with an opportunity to practice and utilise their skills.!

Did you feel the earth move? If so, what is your explanation for the 'tremor'? Email editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

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