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Strangely enough, another small earthquake has hit the Gulf Coast for the third time in a week. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 2.3 magnitude earthquake hit Flomaton, Alabama Tuesday night, near the state line with Florida. Flomaton has about 1,400 residents.
The Geological Survey said that the earthquake was too weak for most people to even feel and no damage was reported from the earthquake. Earthquakes that register below a 2.5 magnitude are usually too weak to be felt and are only registered by seismographs. The Geological Survey said that two other small earthquakes have occurred in the same area in the last week.
On Monday afternoon, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported and a magnitude 2.6 earthquake happened near the state line around Century, Florida last week. No damage was reported from either of those earthquakes. Earthquakes that cause minor damage to buildings will usually register in the 5.5-6.5 range.
While the occasional earthquake doesn't normally signal a huge threat, according to an article on Slate, small earthquakes can trigger a bigger one - especially if they continue to happen often.
The 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded about three miles northeast of Flomaton. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, shaking from the earthquake was described as "weak."
The 3.1 earthquake's impact was also felt in Brewton, a city about 20 miles away, and on the Florida side of the border. The 2.6 magnitude earthquake occurred about 5.5 miles east of Century, Florida.
Earthquakes in Florida are usually rare. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Florida had no earthquakes above a magnitude of three from 2010 to 2015. Florida is near the Caribbean Plate, but it does not have fault lines itself.
The USGS is unsure if the likelihood of earthquakes in Florida will continue to grow and currently, there are no warnings issued for the area. For more information on the quakes, you can see the U.S. Geological Survey's report here.