Third earthquake rumbles Florida panhandle in a week

Earthquakes

Three earthquakes have hit the Florida Panhandle in a week.

HOLT, Fla., March 13, 2019—The third earthquake to shake the northwest Florida panhandle in a week happened during yesterday’s early evening hours.

A small temblor measuring magnitude 2.3 on the Richter scale rumbled north of Centry, Fla., at 8:27 p.m. last night.

According to U.S. Geological Survey information, the earthquake originated less than 2 miles from Flomaton, Ala., and was 3 miles deep.

This marks the third earthquake in this area since March 6 when a magnitude 2.7 tremor happened more than 4 miles east-southeast of Century at 11:45 p.m.

On March 11, a second earthquake at 1:36 p.m., also near Flomaton, measured at magnitude 3.1. This one was also 2 miles deep.

So far, there’s not been an explanation on what may be causing the small tremors in this area and no damage was reported for any of the three earthquakes.

Earthquakes in Florida are rare. According to a 1991 University of Florida report, Florida’s geological region is considered stable and generally doesn’t produce earthquakes.

When quakes occur here, they’re generally mild ones, according to the report.

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