Florida Keys Residents Startled By Cuba Earthquake

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated News Press

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Residents across the Lower Florida Keys say they felt rumblings from a 5.1-magnitude earthquake off Cuba.

The tremor struck Thursday afternoon about 106 miles east of Havana. No injuries or damage was reported.

Maureen Welsh said her three dogs began racing through her mobile home on Big Coppitt Key when the floor started shaking. She says it felt like "a whole bunch of cars with loud basses" rumbling under the floor.

The Key West Citizen (http://bit.ly/1ew0OCb ) reports that some residents called the Naval Air Station in Key West to ask if aircraft activity was to blame for the shaking in their homes. Other residents called the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to ask about the rumbling.

The last time a quake shook Key West was 1880 when two struck Cuba.

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Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen, http://www.keysnews.com


News Release: Associated News Press

HAVANA (AP) -- A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off Cuba in the Straits of Florida, swaying medium-rise buildings in the Cuban capital.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor occurred just before 4 p.m. Thursday. It was centered about 112 miles (180 kilometers) east of Havana and 41 miles (66 kilometers) northeast of the tourist resort of Varadero.

In Havana, the quake was felt clearly by workers in two 6-floor buildings that were temporarily evacuated. It appeared to last around 30 seconds.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0.


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