Name: Marny F.
Date: September 15, 2004
Do earthquakes occur in Florida and, if so, when and how often?
Florida has earthquakes, but they are rather infrequent and are not known to
be severe. However, compared to California and the west coast, the seismic
hazards in the East are not well-understood. So, I would not say that it is
impossible for Florida to have a damaging earthquake, but it's pretty
unlikely. In the last 200 years, very large earthquakes have occurred in
Missouri and South Carolina. The Missouri earthquake was large enough to
reroute the Mississippi River and the South Carolina earthquake was felt as
far away as New York City and was strongly felt in Florida.
You can learn more about earthquakes in Florida by going to the US
Geological Survey's web site. The address is:
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