Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and some South Floridians -- slightly confused.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Although no damage has been reported yet, the tremor is one of the few to ever occur in the Straits of Florida, the J-shaped channel that hooks through Florida, the Keys, Cuba and the Bahamas.
Registering as "moderate" on the Richter scale, the quake had the potential to damage poorly built structures but was unlikely to cause any fatalities.More »