On a seemingly ordinary Wednesday, residents of Palm Bay were taken by surprise when a rare Florida earthquake rattled their city.
While an earthquake in Los Angeles or elsewhere on the Pacific side may seem normal, the East Coast of the U.S. aren't as accustomed to these seismic events.
How Often Do Earthquakes Happen in Florida?
The extremely rare 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Florida sent tremors rippling along the East Coast. The quake sparked concern among Floridians who seldom encounter this natural phenomena since there are no major fault lines in the area.
Earthquake Florida history is marked by infrequent seismic activity, making earthquakes a rarity in the state.
The last earthquake in Florida and the strongest on record, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, dates back to January 12, 1879. Wednesday's earthquake marked the largest ever recorded off Florida's east coast, surpassing the most recent earthquake in Florida measured at 3.9 magnitude quake in 2021.