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Uncommon Magnitude 4 Earthquake Detected Near Florida's Space Coast on Wednesday Evening

In Cape Canaveral, Florida, an earthquake rattled the region late Wednesday night, as per the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The seismic event, measuring magnitude 4.0, occurred at 10:48 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 100 miles off the Cape Canaveral coast. The quake's epicenter lay just over six miles beneath the ocean floor.

More than 80 individuals reported feeling the tremors to the USGS.

Earthquakes are a rare phenomenon in Florida, with only a handful documented in recent history.

According to USGS data, there have been just two other earthquakes above magnitude 3.0 recorded near Florida’s eastern shoreline. One such instance was in 2001 when a magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck in the Atlantic Ocean, 86 miles off St. Augustine Beach.

Another notable event occurred on Halloween morning in 1900, when residents of Jacksonville were shaken by a magnitude 3.5 earthquake centered in the Ribault River Preserve area.

Since 2001, seismic activity off Florida’s east coast has been mostly limited to "experimental explosions."

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