Military aircraft creating sonic booms in separate incidents left communities in Illinois and Oregon rattled over the past week. Officials said shaking was felt by many residents, with some fearing an earthquake had struck.

On Tuesday, an F-15 fighter jet traveling over central Illinois created a sonic boom that rattled the region, prompting concerned residents to flood local police stations with calls about the noise, a state agency said. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said in a statement that the department was alerted about 11:20 a.m. CST about “a large noise and shaking felt by many residents” across central Illinois.

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