Did Florida Just Experience an Earthquake?

Seismograph Recording an Earthquake Activity on Grid Paper

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(Cape Canaveral, Fla) - The U.S. Geological Survey says, "yes," a magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded off Florida's east coast Wednesday night.

Experts say the epicenter of the quake was about 6 miles beneath the ocean floor and roughly 100 miles east of Cape Canaveral.

Almost a dozen people reported feeling some minor shaking in areas including Melbourne, Palm Bay and Cocoa Beach.

University of Miami Seismologist Dr. Guoqing Lin says this quake was a "weird surprise" and she isn't sure if there will be more.

Meanwhile, University of Florida seismologist, Dr. Raymond Russo, says if it was an earthquake, there is a danger of another more powerful quake causing damage to Cape Canaveral in the future. He also says the cause of the quake could have been caused by an experimental explosion, possibly by the U.S. Navy.

While a magnitude 4 quake can cause moderate damage, The USGS says there was none because the activity was so far off the coast and under water.

The risk of earthquakes in Florida is very low, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, making this event quite rare.

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