Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Did a 6.0 earthquake really hit Florida?

I was reading the Miami Herald online and could not believe it...an earthquake in Florida??? Don’t we have enough with hurricanes? Are we going to have to get earthquake insurance now too? Did anyone feel anything? Email us... Here is the article I saw in the paper:

Hurricanes are one thing, but an earthquake? A strong one shook Floridians, but there were no reports of injury or damage.

No hurricanes. No tornadoes. No sweeping wildfires. It was a pretty nice weekend in Florida. Except, you know, for the 6.0 magnitude earthquake.
A rare and unusually strong quake in the Gulf of Mexico rocked southwest Florida on Sunday, provoking worried calls from more than 3,000 people in the state and elsewhere in the Southeast.

No damage or injuries were reported, though many Floridians experienced dishes that rattled all by themselves, swimming pools that suddenly developed waves, and terra firma that wasn't quite as firm as they thought.

''It's always something,'' said Mike Stone, a spokesman for the state's Division of Emergency Management.

The quake, believed to be the strongest in the area in 30 years, struck at 10:56 a.m. and was centered 259 miles west of Bradenton and 397 miles from Miami.
The most common comment Sunday along Florida's Gulf Coast: ``Hey, I did feel something.''
Sally Mayse of Bradenton was riding her bike on a causeway when she sensed a vibration and her two-wheeler wobbled. She thought it was a tractor-trailer but none was in sight. Then, she figured it was her imagination.

''I didn't give it a lot of thought,'' Mayse, 46, said later as she relaxed by the bay. ``Then I heard people talking and I put it together.''

Experts said the quake was too small to generate a tsunami, though the U.S Coast Guard issued a mariner's warning, advising boaters to exercise caution in the area.
Ronnie Mason, a Coast Guard petty officer in St. Petersburg, said he saw computer monitors in the command center shake for 10 to 15 seconds. He received numerous calls from boaters and from residents more than 80 miles inland.

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