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A large earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico was felt throughout the Bay area around 10:56 this morning.
The epicenter of the 6.0 magnitude quake was about 250 miles west of Ft. Myers.
Bay area residents from Sarasota to Weeki Wachi, and as far inland as Brandon, reported shaking and rattling in their homes that lasted up to 20 seconds.
Earthquake experts consider a magnitude 7 earthquake major.
While Florida is not considered to be at high risk for earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey said several minor shocks have occured.
The last earthquake felt in Florida was in Quincy in 1952, about 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee. That quake was reported as a slight tremor, with no damage.
We live 60 Miles inland Between MontVerde and Clermont. Our house shook during the earthquake, we could hear the water in the back of the toilets shaking the flappers back and forth. Our dogs also were barking like crazy.
I felt it! There were two distinct tremors. I was reading in bed when I felt the first shock which seemed to last forever because I glanced at my bottled water and the water was swaying to and fro; then there was a pause and then the aftershock hit. I remember thinking it was either an explosion or an earthquake. I live minutes from Tampa Bay.
Sitting in my living room, we heard pots and pans rattling and our couch/chairs vibrated. I thought it was a helicopter or Space Shuttle or a jet from MacDill. Didn’t think twice about it until I saw the news. WOW!
FELT THE EARTHQUAKE. DID NOT KNOW WHAT IT WAS UNTIL IT WAS REPORTED ON THE RADIO. IT FELT JUST LIKE WHEN THE SHUTTLE COMES IN AND ROCKS EVERYTHING.
GEEZ!!!! thanx for lettin me know what that was
Shockwaves we felt here in Mulberry, Polk county this morning. Sitting at my desk in my mobil home writing some bills out and my desk lamp was shaking and felt the whole house was shaking as if the washer was on spin cycle with a heavy load. I knew something wasn’t right because the shake was different. I had to check it out on TBO.com to see what was happening and saw there was a earthquake being reported.
What makes the experts think another tsunami won’t happen to Florida? Could that quake be the begining of it? I’m sure lots of the Bay area have questions on this. I didn’t feel the tremors but we had a thunder like it was fixing to start storming.
My family and I were just relaxing and we felt the house shake and the windows rattle. I was on my bed playing video games and I felt it twice. The first one lasted 20-30 seconds. The second one lasted about ten seconds. The rest of the family felt it once.
YES SO GLAD you mentioned the earthquake, me and one of the other employees felt our chairs moving underneath us, we thought we were insane.. I am a nurse supervisor at Florida Hospital Waterman..
I was at my desk and I felt a shake at about 10:58, no one else seemed to feel it in the house, but I felt like the shuttle was entering the atmosphere again, it only lasted about 10 seconds at most.
Wanted to share,
We also felt the earthquake here in Davenport FL. Wow all the way into Central Florida.
i heard this loud rumbling, like a really loud off-balance washing machine, around 10 to 10:30 this morning at University Community Hospital at Carrolwood… thought it was just some big piece of hospital equipment, but i’m convinced it was this quake
didn’t feel any tremors, just the loud rumblling
We felt it here in Bartow!
It shook us here too!!
Water in fish tank swished around, mirrors on dresser moved, bed shook.
Went out to figure out what was going on.
I felt/heard my windows shake this morning. I thought it was just one of the caring people who drive past my house on Sunday morning, sharing their music with me.
Probably set off by the oil drillingin the gulf! Keep on going !
If the house is a rockin, don’t bother knockin.
We live in Crystal Springs in a mobile home and we felt the earthquake. Dishes were rattling and also my daughter was on computer and she said the computer monitor shook and she also felt the chair she was in shaking. Had no idea what it could have been.
We felt it here too.
I felt the earth moving this morning as I was sitting in my living room and I thought I was going crazy. I live right off of I-4 at exit 33 and felt it pretty significantly. Wow.
Shortly before 11am my walls started shaking and caused my glass wall unit doors to rattle and my tv was jumping around on its table. I thought someone was doing construction in the condo next door so I knocked on the wall…............Surprise!
We’re in Winter Haven and we felt a shortlived vibration in our house. I thought it was earlier in the morning than what was reported however.
I was in my bed relaxing and felt the room shake some. When I told the rest of my family they thought I was nuts. Glad to see that it wasn’t just me!!
An earthquake in Florida? Not so surprising with the change in weather patterns we have seen over the past few years all over the country. I am grateful for the latest technology that we have with weather prediction so accurate. Lets hope that today`s occurrance in the Gulf is not a sign of more to come.
We felt the earthquake here in Zephyrhills as well.