By Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel
7:16 p.m. EDT, March 9, 2014
A small earthquake centered off the north coast of Cuba shook windows
and rattled some residents of the Florida Keys early Sunday, but
apparently caused no damage.
“I wasn’t even sure it was an earthquake,” said Milena Donaldson, who
had just arrived for the 7 a.m. start of her at work day at Casa Marina,
a Key West resort, when she felt what she described as a slight
vibration.”I thought I might have imagined it.”
The 4.7 magnitude quake, at a depth of 6 miles, occurred at 7:12 a.m.
about 17 miles northwest of Corralillo, Cuba, according to Paul Caruso,
a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.
Classified as “light,” Sunday’s temblor follows a magnitude 5.0
earthquake recorded Jan. 9, 24 miles north of Corralillo, Cuba, or about
112 miles east of Havana. That moderate earthquake, reportedly 12.4
miles below the earth’s surface, was felt as far away as Orlando.
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Sunday’s quake was the fourth aftershock since the main shock in
January. Caruso said the agency received self-reports Sunday from
Floridians in Naples, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and even as far north as
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher recorded several calls
from Lower Keys residents wondering what was going on, according to
Deputy Becky Herrin.
“No big deal,” said Jan Burch, who was helping deal with the busy
breakfast rush at The Stuffed Pig, the Marathon restaurant owned by her
daughter. “We didn’t feel it.”
A bigger topic of conversation over breakfast in Marathon was the
Original Marathon Seafood Festival, which continued Sunday.
The earthquake didn’t mentioned in the pool report from reporters
traveling with President Barack Obama and his family, on a weekend stay
at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. The White House said Obama would
play golf for the second day in a foursome that included former Miami
Heat star Alonso Mourning before returning to Washington on Sunday
The earthquake did rock parts of Cuba, however. A Twitter user named
@adam_koven, who was apparently staying at a hotel in the beach side
town of Varadero, tweeted, “What an amazing resort. You ask for a
morning wake up call and they move the earth for you.”
Source: Quake rocks Cuba, felt in Key West – Orlando Sentinel –