A mysterious “boom” heard in large parts of Bengaluru this afternoon left residents of the city and social media users puzzled. The source of the sound is being investigated. Karnataka’s natural disaster monitoring centre could only say with certainty that it was not because of an earthquake.
The sound was heard from as far as the Bengaluru airport in Devanahalli to the IT hub of Electronic City 54 km away. The sound was also heard in Kalyan Nagar in east Bengaluru, central Bengaluru’s MG Road and areas such as Marathahalli, Whitefield, Sarjapur and Hebbagodi.
“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,” tweeted the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, quoting its director Srinivas Reddy.
“The activity reported in Bengaluru is not due to an earthquake. The seismometers did not capture any ground vibration as generally happens during a mild Tremor. The activity is purely a loud unknown noise,” the agency tweeted.
Many people speculated that the sound could have been caused by a fighter jet such as a Mirage 2000.
“We have also asked the Air Force Control Room to check if it was a jet or supersonic sound. Bengaluru police are awaiting confirmation from the Air Force,” Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said in a statement.
“We are trying to ascertain the source of the noise,” a senior police officer said. “In Whitefield area, we have searched on the ground and so far, there is no damage to any property,” he added. There were no calls to the police control room reporting any damage.