Weak earthquake shakes coast near Alabama-Florida line

3rd earthquake in 10 days for this area

By Associated Press, Rebecca Barry - Meteorologist

FLOMATON, Ala. - A small earthquake has hit the Gulf Coast for the third time in a week.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 2.3 earthquake occurred Tuesday night near Flomaton, Alabama, near the state line with Florida. The town has about 1,400 residents.

No damage was reported from the weak quake, which the Geological Survey says was too weak for most people to even feel. Most eathquakes that register below a 2.5 are too weak to be felt, and are usually only registered by seismographs instead of reported. 

The agency says two other small earthquakes have occurred in the same area in the last week.

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake happened Monday afternoon, and a magnitude 2.6 quake happened near the state line around Century, Florida, last week. Those quakes didn't cause any damage, either.

You can read more about last week's small earthquake here

Earthquakes that cause minor damage to building usually register in the 5.5-6.5 range, well above these weak earthquakes. 

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