With events in the Pacific realm, it is interesting to look at North Florida's and South Georgia's earthquake history. Although our area is not usually considered to be a state subject to earthquakes, several minor shocks have occurred here. Damaged has occurred because of these rumbles.
> A shock occurred
near St. Augustine, in the northeast
part of the State, in
The Nation's oldest permanent settlement,
founded by Spain in 1565,
reported that heavy shaking knocked
plaster from walls and articles from
shelves. Similar effects were noted
at Daytona Beach, 50 miles south.
At Tampa, the southernmost point
of the felt area, the trembling was
preceded by a rumbling sound at
11:30 p.m. Two shocks were
reported in other areas, at 11:45 p.m.
and 11:55 p.m. The tremor was felt
through north and central Florida,
and at Savannah, Georgia.
> In January 1880, Cuba was the
center of two strong earthquakes that
sent severe shock waves through the
town of Key West, Florida. The tremors
occurred at 11 p.m. on January 22
and at 4 a.m. on the 23rd. At Buelta
Abajo and San Christobal, Cuba,
many buildings were thrown down
and some people were killed.
> The next tremor to be felt by
Floridians also centered outside the
State. It was the famous
South Carolina, shock in August 1886.
The shock was felt throughout northern
Florida, ringing church bells at
St. Augustine and severely jolting other
towns along that section of Florida's
east coast. Jacksonville residents felt
many of the strong aftershocks that
occurred in September, October, and
> On June 20, 1893, Jacksonville
experienced another slight shock,
apparently local, that lasted about 10
> Another minor earthquake
shook Jacksonville at 11:15 a.m.,
October 31, 1900. It caused no
> A sudden jar caused doors and
windows to rattle at Captiva in
November 1948. The apparent earthquake
was accompanied by sounds
like distant heavy explosions. Captiva
is located on Captiva Island, in the
Gulf west of Fort Myers.
> On November 18, 1952, a slight
tremor was felt by many at Quincy,
a small town about 20 miles northwest
of Tallahassee. Windows and
doors rattled, but no serious effects
were noted. One source notes, "The
shock interfered with writing of a
> On July 3, 1992, at 11:30 p.m., a giant tidal wave estimated to be
18 ft. high crashed on Daytona Beach, causing 75 minor injuries and
crushing cars parked on the beach. Though its origin was claimed to be
a weather squall, there is no way to prove it was not a distant shift
in the earth.
> On October 24, 1997, the Panhandle of Florida was rocked by earth tremors. Supposedly, it originated in central Alabama.
> The last tremor to shake our city occurred in 2003. The ground shook
in Jacksonville after a earthquake in Northeast Alabama tipped the
Richter Scale at 4.9. Its ground tremoring rattle reached as far
Northeast as North Carolina.