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Earthquake on the Florida Peninsula?

post #1 of 21
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Did anyone feel this?
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqs...kes/usvnab.htm

An earthquake occurred at 00:41:55 (UTC) on Saturday, March 12, 2005. The magnitude ? (uncertain or not yet determined) event has been located in FLORIDA PENINSULA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
post #2 of 21
Wow, I thought Florida didn't get earthquakes....I didn't feel anything.
post #3 of 21
That's pretty close to Tampa, maybe Katherine in Orlando felt something.
post #4 of 21
There shouldn't be any earthquakes in Florida because there are no known faults there.. I think....

I'll be tackling mom when she wakes up. She's a geologist, she should know. (But that probably won't be for until morning.)
post #5 of 21
It wasn't an earthquake, and yes, I felt it, alright. My entire house shook! I thought that somebody was trying to break out my living room window, which as rattling like crazy! I ran outside to see what the heck was going on. My neighbor was out there wondering same, so we both decided we weren't nuts!

Turns out that 2 F-18s coming in to land at MacDill AFB came in too fast over the Gulf of Mexico causing a double sonic boom. The vibrations caused seismic activity equaled to 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
post #6 of 21
I saw the title of this thread and thought my world was about to be turned upside down...earthquakes in FLORIDA?!?! lol Thanks for the info Deb. How crazy that those booms caused earthquake level activities!

No, I didn't feel it here in Orlando Tina. I probably would have panicked if I had though since my roommate has already left for Spring Break and I'm here alone!
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Deb25
It wasn't an earthquake, and yes, I felt it, alright. My entire house shook! I thought that somebody was trying to break out my living room window, which as rattling like crazy! I ran outside to see what the heck was going on. My neighbor was out there wondering same, so we both decided we weren't nuts!

Turns out that 2 F-18s coming in to land at MacDill AFB came in too fast over the Gulf of Mexico causing a double sonic boom. The vibrations caused seismic activity equaled to 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
Wow! Wonder if those guys will be reprimanded?
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Deb25
It wasn't an earthquake, and yes, I felt it, alright. My entire house shook! I thought that somebody was trying to break out my living room window, which as rattling like crazy! I ran outside to see what the heck was going on. My neighbor was out there wondering same, so we both decided we weren't nuts!

Turns out that 2 F-18s coming in to land at MacDill AFB came in too fast over the Gulf of Mexico causing a double sonic boom. The vibrations caused seismic activity equaled to 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
Wow! I didn't know a sonic boom could fool people into thinking it was a quake.
post #10 of 21
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Wow! I didn't know a sonic boom could fool people into thinking it was a quake.
Yes, they can. Often, when the shuttle is coming in over my area to land up at Edwards, there will be sonic booms. I try very hard to remember when it's landing so I don't lose my mind.

And yes, there can be earthquakes anywhere in the world...anywhere. They can happen when faultlines apply pressure to a landmass and "squeeze" them, creating a new fault. While this does not happen with any frequency or regularity, it does happen...like us having tornados and hurricanes here in SoCA...

Best-
Michele
post #11 of 21
Checked with my mom, there are no known faults in Florida. As soon as I said sonic boom, she said airplane. Nice to know she was right!

And actually, earthquakes have been known to cause sonic booms. There was a 5.2 up near Lake Erie back in 1998. I was talking to this kid in my geology class who lives smack-dab in between where I live and where the earthquake was. He never felt the shaking - he heard the sonic boom, but by the time the vibrations reached me, it was just ground shaking.
post #12 of 21
It was pretty creepy, because really the only evidence was my living room window shaking like it was going to burst out of the frame for about 15 or so seconds. My house is older, so that's what I attribute it to. My next door neighbor, in a newer house, felt nothing. But the guy 2 doors down in a similarly older house said all of his windows and sliding glass doors were shaking like crazy!

I am certain those pilots got a strong reprimand, as the local news stations noted that they received hundreds of phone calls. My cats were scared half to death. I thought somebody was trying to break in. That's why I went out with my huge and heavy flashlight to check things out.

After hearing the cause, all I could think about was Tom Cruise in Top Gun when he always insisted on doing a fly-by on the tower and the guy spilling his coffee every time.
post #13 of 21
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http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/states/flo...a_history.html
Although Florida is not usually considered to be a state subject to earthquakes, several minor shocks have occurred there. Only one of these caused damage. Additional shocks of doubtful seismic origin also are listed in earthquake documents.

A shock occurred near St. Augustine, in the northeast part of the State, in January 1879. The Nation's oldest permanent settlement, founded by Spain in 1565, reported that heavy shaking knocked plaster from walls and articles from shelves. Similar effects were noted at Daytona Beach, 50 miles south. At Tampa, the southernmost point of the felt area, the trembling was preceded by a rumbling sound at 11:30 p.m. Two shocks were reported in other areas, at 11:45 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. The tremor was felt through north and central Florida, and at Savannah, Georgia.

On November 18, 1952, a slight tremor was felt by many at Quincy, a small town about 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee. Windows and doors rattled, but no serious effects were noted. One source notes, "The shock interfered with writing of a parking ticket." It didn't say in what way.


There are other recorded incidents. Just follow the (yellow brick) link!
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Deb25
It wasn't an earthquake, and yes, I felt it, alright. My entire house shook! I thought that somebody was trying to break out my living room window, which as rattling like crazy! I ran outside to see what the heck was going on. My neighbor was out there wondering same, so we both decided we weren't nuts!

Turns out that 2 F-18s coming in to land at MacDill AFB came in too fast over the Gulf of Mexico causing a double sonic boom. The vibrations caused seismic activity equaled to 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
I lived out in the Bay area of California for awhile, & the only 2 earthquakes I experienced were just booms. The first one it sounded like somebody ran their car into the house, hard. We didn't know what it was, & actually took out the gun, thinking it was a home invasion! So I could see how it could sound just like a big sonic boom.
post #15 of 21
"In January 1880, Cuba was the center of two strong earthquakes that sent severe shock waves through the town of Key West, Florida. The tremors occurred at 11 p.m. on January 22 and at 4 a.m. on the 23rd. At Buelta Abajo and San Christobal, Cuba, many buildings were thrown down and some people were killed."

The instant I saw this headline that was the first thing I thought: The Florida Keys, and a Cuban centered quake, along the Caribbean fault lines.

I do know for a fact that the entire northern coast of Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico is a very major fault line. Its where the Caribbean plate meets the North America plate. This line stretches through the land of the northern Cuban coast, all the way through the nothwestern Dominican Republic and is stretched several miles north of Puerto Rico where it forms the Puerto Rico trench (second deepest sounding in the world). We've had several major earthquakes in PR over the centuries... the last major one taking place in 1918 (And the next "big one" is just waiting to happen ).
post #16 of 21
Thank God it wasn't really an earthquake!

Heres something funny - My ex husband slept through an earthquake when he lived in California. When he woke up he thought his apartment had been ransacked!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
...Heres something funny - My ex husband slept through an earthquake when he lived in California. When he woke up he thought his apartment had been ransacked!
post #18 of 21
Gosh I know this will date me, but I remember when I was a kid there were sonic booms pretty regularly in the SF bay area. I remember they would make our window shake.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Marge
Gosh I know this will date me, but I remember when I was a kid there were sonic booms pretty regularly in the SF bay area. I remember they would make our window shake.
Yeah one sonic boom is pretty normal in Florida as well (at least in Ormond and those places near Kennedy Space Center), but I can't imagine what 2 simultaneous ones would feel like!! It must have been something if it showed up as "seismic activity"!
post #20 of 21
I was working inside my store and didnt feel a thing or notice anything, but my husband felt it and told the family that yes, it was the two planes flying overhead.

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Originally Posted by Deb25
It wasn't an earthquake, and yes, I felt it, alright. My entire house shook! I thought that somebody was trying to break out my living room window, which as rattling like crazy! I ran outside to see what the heck was going on. My neighbor was out there wondering same, so we both decided we weren't nuts!

Turns out that 2 F-18s coming in to land at MacDill AFB came in too fast over the Gulf of Mexico causing a double sonic boom. The vibrations caused seismic activity equaled to 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
post #21 of 21
A few years ago we had an earthquake off the West coast of England. Where I live they measured it at 3 point something - apparently it made a heck of a noise, but I was asleep and missed it!

Sue
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