Monday, July 18, 2016

Rare Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Florida

A small but rare earthquake struck about 100 miles off Daytona Beach, Florida, in the Atlantic Ocean, reports the Associated Press.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck around 4 p.m. Saturday. There are no reports of damage or that it was felt on land.Earthquakes are rare in Florida and even rarer are those that cause any damage.  Two earthquakes that struck 10 minutes apart in January 1879 knocked plaster from walls in St. Augustine and were felt as far away as Tampa on the Gulf coast, according to the USGS.

Rare Occurrence

In June, another earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 hit off the coast of St. Augustine, according to the Miami Herald.
The USGS says earthquakes of less than magnitude 5.4 rarely cause damage. There are about 930,000 such quakes recorded worldwide each year or about 2,500 per day.
According to the Florida’s Department Environmental Protection, the sunshine state sits on a section of the North American Plate that is less active than the section situated under California.

A destroyed truck sits among the rubble after an earthquake in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016. A Saturday night quake left a trail of ruin along Ecuador’s Pacific Ocean coast. Hundreds have died, thousands are homeless and without electricity. (AP Photo/Emilio D. Garcia)
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