Cornwall's 'mini-quake' actually a meteor sonic boom
The earth appeared to move in Cornwall yesterday afternoon as a sonic boom had a very physical effect on the Duchy.
Police were inundated with calls after a loud bang shook the earth and left people frightened just after 4pm.
Initial reports were that it could have been a mini-earthquake, but calls to the British Geological Survey proved that wasn't the case.
The BGS suggested it was more likely to have been the sonic boom caused by a meteor passing through the earth's atmosphere.
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A police spokesman said: "We received a number of calls just after 4pm on Thursday from people reporting a loud bang and shaking.
"There were reports of crockery shaking and similar disturbance.
"According to the BGS it is likely to have been caused by a meteor sonic boom."
According to the BBC, doors were blown open at a police station in South Devon.
A meteor is the visible path of an object originating in space passing through the earth's atmosphere.
Objects which survive collision with the earth are meteorites.
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