Magnitude 3.8 earthquake hits Alabama-Florida line

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Areas along the Gulf Coast were rattled on Thursday morning after a weak earthquake struck along the AlabamaFlorida line.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake happened just after 11 a.m. EDT and was centered about two miles northwest of Mount Carmel, Fla., located north of Pensacola along the border.

After initially reporting a magnitude 4.0 earthquake, the USGS reduced the magnitude to a 3.8.

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“We have had a few reports of possible seismic activity from Santa Rosa county FL and Escambia county AL,” the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Mobile tweeted.

Some residents in the area reported feeling the temblor.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office told the Associated Press it hadn’t gotten any calls about damage.

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck Thursday morning at 11 a.m. EDT about two miles northwest of Mount Carmel, Fla.

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck Thursday morning at 11 a.m. EDT about two miles northwest of Mount Carmel, Fla. (USGS)

The quake occurred more than 6 miles beneath the surface, according to the Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, most earthquakes in North America east of the Rockies occur as faulting within bedrock, “usually miles deep.”

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In Florida, earthquakes are very rare.

The state’s last significant earthquake was among a series of quakes recorded in nearly the same location back in March of 2019, according to FOX13.

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In 2016, FOX13 reported that a series of earthquakes over the summer in Florida turned out to be the result of offshore naval weapons testing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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