Rare 2.6 earthquake shakes part of Florida


An earthquake shook part of western Florida late Wednesday night.

A 2.6 magnitude quake hit at 11:45 p.m. and was centered 6 miles east of Century, Florida, in Escambia County near the Alabama border.

Considered a weak earthquake, it was reported by a several residents to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.

Earthquakes in Florida are rare because the state is not located near any tectonic plates. In fact, Florida is tied for first place as having the fewest earthquakes of any state. 

Much of Florida is limestone and seafloor materials that is not conducive to earthquakes.

The last earthquake to hit Florida was a 3.7 magnitude quake off the coast of Daytona Beach on July 16, 2016, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  It turned out the reading was triggered by a man-made explosion to test the seaworthiness of a new Navy vessel.

Interestingly, a 5.8 quake centered in the Gulf of Mexico was felt in Florida on Sept. 10, 2006. Its epicenter was located about 250 miles west-southwest of Anna Maria.

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