A loud noise much like a huge crash was heard across Bengaluru around 1.20 PM today, but there has been no official confirmation yet of what caused it.
Bengaluru city Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said an investigation into the phenomenon was underway. He has asked the Indian Air Force to confirm if there has been any fighter jet movement in the area. “For the past hour, people are hearing the sound, I have asked the air force about the fighter jet movement,” he said.
Some residents took to Twitter, wondering if an earthquake had hit the Karnataka capital. However, officials in disaster monitoring centre clarify that there was no earthquake.
The sound was reported from eastern and south-eastern parts of Bengaluru with many reporting that even the windows rattled during the ‘sonic boom’-like-sound heard between 1:20 PM to 1:30 PM. The ‘blast like sound’ left people bewildered and many of them shared their worries on Twitter.
Sources said that the booming sound was heard across eastern Bengaluru from the international airport. “We are trying to ascertain the source of the noise. In the Whitefield area, we have searched on the ground and so far there is no damage or anything. The HAL and IAF authorities have both been contacted. So let us wait for information and not speculate,” the source cited above said.
In 2018, a similar incident had been reported. There was panic among the residents after hearing a loud sound. Back then too, it had turned out that the sound was not due to an earthquake.
Officials at the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said that there was no ground motion detected. The seismometers have not recorded any spike, they said. This implies an earthquake is not the source of the sound, the officials said.
According to the police commissioner of the city, no damage has been reported anywhere.
“We also got information… the sound was heard from the international airport to Hebbagodi, Bengaluru. No calls to 100 till now of any damage. We have also asked the Indian Air Force Control Room to check if this was a flight or supersonic sound. The Bengaluru Police waiting for Air Force to confirm,” the commissioner said.
Amid all the speculations, there were reports also of a ‘sonic boom’ from a fighter jet that could be flying over Bengaluru. However, the reports of the flight were yet not confirmed.
Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre (KSNDMC) Director Srinivas Reddy said there was no earthquake activity recorded today in Bengaluru. “The seismometers did not capture any ground vibration as generally occurs during a mild tremor.”
The noise was heard in Old Madras Road, Ulsoor, Kundanahalli, HAL, Kammanahalli, Cooke Town, Vivek Nagar, Ramamurthy Nagar, Koramangala, Hosur Road, CV Raman Nagar, Whitefield, and HSR Layout among other areas in the city.