Fifth Earthquake This Month Hits Florida And People Are Shook
Florida is hit with another small earthquake.
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Did you feel the ground shake during any of the five earthquakes that rocked the state within the last month? Probably not since they were all small, thankfully, but they were still big enough to register on the Richter Scale and the constant quakes have people worried.
According to the information shared by WTSP, following the quakes that started on March 6, 11, and 13, on Sunday the fifth weak earthquake this month struck near the Alabama-Florida state line. This quake registered in as a 2.7 magnitude.
Each of the earthquakes happened around the Florida-Alabama area, and none were above 3.5 on the Richter Scale. No damage or injuries have been reported, and most people are unable to feel an earthquake this small.
While earthquakes in Florida are rare, Alabama's Geological Investigations Program reassures the public that these seemingly abnormal earthquakes are actually part of the "normal seismic activity" in the area.
Regardless of what the experts say, people have their own opinion on the matter - many of which have taken to social media to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions. Check out some of the comment below:
Many people are blaming fracking as the cause of the quakes, however, according to earthquake.usgs.gov it is highly unlikely that fracking would cause earthquakes. A more likely cause is Wastewater disposal.
"Fracking is NOT causing most of the induced earthquakes. Wastewater disposal is the primary cause of the recent increase in earthquakes in the central United States," their site states.
Many people are wondering if they should be worried about the reoccurring earthquakes - while it is not common, several small earthquakes can sometimes lead to larger earthquakes, according to an article on Slate.
Although at this time there is no cause for alarm.
More information on earthquakes can be found here.