Orlando Feels Effects of Earthquake

earthquake map courtesy of the USGSI was sitting watching tv yesterday when my chair started vibrating with a slow intensity like I was sitting front row on a rollercoaster headed up that first big hill. A second later, all the glassware started clinking — which, with my penchant for buying anything made of glass on trips, made quite a sound. The whole episode was over about 20 seconds later.

“Did we just have an earthquake?” I said to my friend sitting next to me.

“In Florida?” says she.

But yes, it was indeed an earthquake. A check at the US Geological Survey (USGS) website confirmed that yesterday, just before 11am, a 6.0 earthquake happened in the Gulf of Mexico, about 250 miles from the west coast of the state. It originated about 6 miles under the ocean and was strong enough to be felt all the way to the eastern side of Central Florida. Our Metroblogging family in Miami felt it, as well.

Earthquakes are rare in Florida — we most often associate them with the Western states of this country — but they have happened before, though the most recent occurance was over fifty years ago. Following the quake yesterday, there was some worry about a tsunami being spun off from the shockwaves, but the epicenter was far enough down that it didn’t happen.

Did any of you feel the earthquake or know of others who did?

1 Comment so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    We did! We thought the people next door were moving something heavy down the stairs or something. (It tends to shake the building a little when people run up and down.) Although this was a lot more like a vibration then a stomping! I bet we would have missed it altogether if we hadn’t been sitting quietly watching TV.



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