On Wednesday afternoon around 1.30 pm, a loud noise was heard across the city of Bengaluru. Soon, many residents posted on the shock of the sheer noise and also confessed to have felt tremors. Some speculated it to be an earthquake and some said it is supersonic.
The Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao confirmed that there hasn’t been any damage reported across the city. He also said that he has reached out to the Air Force Control Room to check if this was a flight.
Significant speculation in social media is whether the loud noise was a ‘sonic boom’. A sonic boom is the result of a fast movement of an aircraft that fly faster than the speed of the sound. In that case, a thunderous sound is heard. The Spokesperson of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited denied conducting regular flight tests.
Srinivas Reddy, the director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Center also confirmed that there wasn’t an earthquake in the city. He said,
“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.”
Here is how the residents reacted to the ‘loud boom’.
— Nobita (@Harami_Nobita) May 20, 2020
That sound you heard? Don't worry, it was just #2020 burping after eating up almost half of the year. #Bangalore
— Silly Stree 🧞♀️ (@23khyati) May 20, 2020
— Tusharn (@Tusharn12) May 20, 2020
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 20, 2020
That was most likely a big sonic boom. Shaking buildings and windows. Shock around 20 minutes ago. Later I can see and hear fighter aircrafts taking sorties. #Bengaluru #Bangalore https://t.co/QQWqHtJPtc pic.twitter.com/gjF2uJMnnZ
— Neeraj Sharma (@Neeraj_Sharma_) May 20, 2020
There was a #sonicboom in #bangalore, India a while ago. Earthquake claims rejected. HAL confirms it has nothing to do with them.
Judging by the trends of 2020, there is only one conclusion.
They are coming! pic.twitter.com/Hc1MUDl24u
— Sooraj Chandran🏠 (@iamsooraj) May 20, 2020
Heard a loud sound in #Bangaluru an hour or so ago, that resembled a thunder then came out and saw it was sunny. Now trying to explain to my son how thunder can come without clouds in the sky 😭😭 help !!! #Bangalore #Whitefield #LoudSound#sonicboom
— Jagdish Chaturvedi (@DrJagdishChatur) May 20, 2020
Loud boom, Jets and helicopters flying around,No earthquake,some saying it was Mirage 2000. Whats happening Bengaluru? Anyone else heard the boom? Nothing good is happening since Tony Stark died.#BANGALORE#Whitefield#sonicboom
— Aneesh Ashok (@Aneesh_Anz) May 20, 2020
Btw it wasn't just Bengalooru, the #SonicBoom was heard in Whitefield as well…
— tg Shenoy (@theBekku) May 20, 2020