Mystery Sonic Boom Rattles French Island Corsico Seen In Tamasha; Experts Believe It Might Have Been A Meteorite

On Thursday evening, the French island of Corsica and the Italian island of Elba felt a mysterious sonic boom that they initially mistook for an earthquake.

by Tashika Tyagi
Mystery Sonic Boom Rattles French Island Corsico Seen In Tamasha; Experts Believe It Might Have Been A Meteorite

If you’re a true-blue Bollywood fan, then you surely remember Corsica – the French island that featured in the movie Tamasha. This time, however, this beautiful island isn’t in the news for its stunning landscapes but rather because of an unidentified sonic boom that was heard there on June 20. According to local French news, a mysterious sonic boom was felt in Corsica and the Italian island of Elba on Thursday evening. The locals mistook it initially for an earthquake. However, experts believe the sound could have been from a meteorite.

Mysterious Sonic Boom Felt In Corsica & Elba

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On June 20, around 4:30 PM local time, the French island of Corsica and the Italian island of Elba felt a mysterious sonic boom. As per the local media news, the sonic boom was initially mistaken by holidaymakers and locals as an earthquake. However, experts believe it to be a meteorite.

As per a report in WION, the town of Campo nell’Elba took to its Facebook page and mentioned that a nearby tracking station had “captured a seismic, acoustic event felt by everyone” at 4:30 pm (1430 GMT). Later, the Corsorican media also reported feeling a similar boom on the island.

As per Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), this sonic boom felt on the island was not an earthquake.

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Experts Believe That It Could Be A Meteorite

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WION’s report further stated that Italy’s Geophysics Institute and the University of Florence had released a joint statement on this event. They have said that whatever had caused the boom was travelling at a speed of 400 miles per second. They further stated that a meteorite entering the atmosphere is the most likely reason for this sonic boom.

Furthermore, as per Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, this isn’t the first time that mysterious sonic booms have been registered on Elba. The island has experienced similar events in 2012, 2016, and 2023. Interestingly, the reason for the past sonic boom hasn’t been explained yet either!

What do you think is the cause of the mysterious sonic boom felt in Corsica and Elba? Let us know in the comments!

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