Magnitude 6.0 - GULF OF MEXICO

This webpage is being phased out and is no longer maintained. Please use the new Real-time Earthquake Map instead and update your bookmark. See Quick Tips & User Guide.

2006 September 10 14:56:07 UTC

Versíon en Español

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Location26.331°N, 86.577°W
Depth10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances405 km (255 miles) SSW of Apalachicola, Florida
415 km (260 miles) WSW of Sarasota, Florida
510 km (315 miles) SSW of TALLAHASSEE, Florida
640 km (400 miles) W of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 3.5 km (2.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST=240, Nph=240, Dmin=545.9 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=T
Event IDus2006slav
  • Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.

Earthquake Summary

Small globe showing earthquakeSmall map showing earthquake

Earthquake Summary Poster

Felt Reports

Items were knocked from shelves and seiches were observed in swimming pools in parts of Florida. Felt (IV) at Brooksville, Crystal River, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Osteen, Palm Coast, Panama City, Port Saint Joe, Santa Rosa Beach, Titusville and Wimauma, Florida. Felt in much of Florida including (III) at Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Tampa. Felt in parts of Georgia including (III) at Atlanta. Also felt in parts of Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Also felt at Freeport, The Bahamas and at Cancun and Merida, Mexico.

Tectonic Summary

This earthquake was centered beneath the Gulf of Mexico, well distant from the nearest active plate boundary. Such "midplate" earthquakes are much less common than earthquakes occurring on faults near plate boundaries, and most probably represent the release of long-term tectonic stresses that ultimately originate from forces applied at the plate boundary. This is the largest of more than a dozen shocks that have been instrumentally recorded from the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the past three decades, and it is the most widely felt. The most recent significant earthquake in the region occurred on February 10th, 2006 and had a magnitude of 5.2. We have not associated this earthquake with a specific causative fault.

Earthquake Information for Caribbean

Earthquakes of this magnitude are unlikely to generate destructive tsunami. No significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake.