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Panhandle Earthquake

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Published: Mar. 7, 2019 at 8:02 PM CST
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A rare magnitude 2.7 earthquake hit the western panhandle Wednesday night at 10:45pm CT north of Pensacola and 4.3 miles ESE of Century, Fla. The depth of the earthquake was shallow... around 3.1 miles deep.

According to shake maps, few people felt the earthquake and no damage was reported.

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

Florida was last hit with 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.

The reason for this earthquake is currently unknown.

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