Ground-shaking explosions likely in New Jersey this weekend after active marksmanship


Earthquakes and strong explosions can be felt and heard in central and southern New Jersey this weekend. Image: weatherboy.com

After an active marksmanship exercise ends Thursday, strong ground shaking explosions are possible in New Jersey as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst completes various training exercises. Unlike recent natural activity triggered by severe thunderstorms and / or earthquakes, the noise and seismic activity expected in the Garden State is part of a large military exercise scheduled for Friday through Saturday.

According to an update released by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 87th Air Base Wing will conduct a full-scale active marksmanship exercise to “validate, evaluate and inspect the implementation of the installation plans, ensuring as well as the common base is ready to be executed. “

During this active marksmanship exercise, the command post will send out several voice messages to ensure that all the giant loudspeakers around the facility are functioning properly. Exercise messages will start and end with the words “exercise, exercise, exercise”.

According to the base update, this exercise could cause occasional inconvenience to door traffic, trips and services performed during planned response actions.

“In the event of a real event, the exercise will be over and an announcement of the situation will take place,” warns the base.

The latest schedule shows that while the Common Base will have drills that could make noise and shake the ground most days in December, the most action is expected to take place this Friday and Saturday.  Image: McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base
The latest schedule shows that while the Common Base will have drills that could make noise and shake the ground most days in December, the most action is expected to take place this Friday and Saturday. Image: McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base

After the active fire exercise ends Thursday, the base will prepare for a major live-fire military exercise in which mortar, howitzer and crater blasts will be used on Friday and Saturday. In a public announcement, the base said the exercise will create “heavy noise,” which is the highest level of the three noise / motion categories that the base uses to inform neighboring communities of what to do with it. wait there. People do not need to call 911 or contact other local officials if they hear or feel the action of these drills.

The weather forecast for the next few days could also amplify the action coming from the military base. Low clouds associated with a weak disturbance moving across the region from the Great Lakes could cause noise to travel further.

While the loudest exercise is expected to end on Saturday, the moderate noise is expected to persist for another week while the military base hosts more exercises. From the 5th to the 11th, and again from the 13th to the 17th, 0.50 caliber weapons, rocket fire and rotary cannons could also cause New Jersey communities to tip over and roar over the ammunition.

Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst is a US military installation located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, New Jersey. The base is the only three-service base of the United States Department of Defense and includes units from all six branches of the military. The facility is a combination of US Air Force McGuire Air Force Base, US Army Fort Dix, and US Navy Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst. The databases were merged on October 1, 2009.


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