Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Effects of moderate earthquake near Cuba felt in Tampa Bay area

Did you feel the earth shake Thursday afternoon?

That was the question posed by a website looking to crowdsource a report on a 5.1 earthquake that struck off the coast of Cuba.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there were 36 earthquakes recorded worldwide Thursday, with an average magnitude of just over 2.5.

It seems the 5.1 earthquake that struck the Straits of Florida off the coast of Cuba got the attention of some Central Florida residents who say they felt the effects of the temblor.

Which is odd, considering weak shaking was reported in Havana. According to the Associated Press, there was little to no damage reported in Cuba.

Yet the website Earthquake-report.com put out the following request for submissions:

Are you one of the people who felt the shaking of this earthquake? If yes, please fill in the form below by clicking on the "I Felt It" button...

Some of the responses were interesting, especially after submissions started pouring in from several Florida cities. They came from Key West, understandably, but also from New York and Jacksonville. Huh?

Regionally, submissions came from Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tampa.

Here's a sampling few responses to the "I Felt It" button:

Jacksonville: Felt bedroom shake & it was enough to concern me.

Lake Mary: 2 separate instances, seconds apart, with the second shaking less duration than the first which was about 4 or 5 seconds for the first instance.

Orlando: Felt light shaking on the 7th and 8th floor of the hospital. No damage.

Palmetto: 4th floor, felt the building swaying and chains on fan (not on) where swaying back and forth. No damage noted to building

St. Petersburg: The entire office barely felt just a slight movement/swaying. We are on the 4th floor.

St. Pete Beach: Swaying motion side-to-side of our 4th floor condo. Chandelier crystals rattled and home-office chair rocked for a few seconds

Sarasota: On 10th floor, chair started swaying/rocking side to side. Lasted approximately 5-10 seconds. No damage.

Tampa: Felt like my office chair was moving side to side. Thought I was feeling dizzy.

 

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