Bellefonte Residents Surprised by Loud Booms, Shaking

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Folks in the Bellefonte community say they’re feeling shaken after they heard what sounded like large explosions shook the ground yesterday.

Chuck witherite works at triangle building supplies, right next to Bellefonte High School.
At around noon Thursday, he says he and a co-worker heard the first of what would be five loud booms and shakes within two hours.

“We both jumped up and said what the heck was that?  We went around looking to see who hit the building,” Chuck Witherite, Triangle Building Supplies, Sales Associate, said.
But there was no car crash.
Ross Litz, with triangle building supplies would not go on camera, but says the signs hanging from the ceiling started to shake and this sign fell off the wall.
Andy Nyblade, Professor of Geosciences at Penn State says these four graphs show seismic activity spotted at Penn State, Bald Eagle State Park, Kettle Creek State Park and Standing Stone.
He says this data makes it more likely the ground movement was caused from an earthquake, rather than some type of explosion.

“The fact that there 10 events within a day, and all of the data looked very similar, would suggest to us that they’re earthquakes,” Professor Nyblade, said.

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