Florida Earthquakes Really Navy Explosives Off Coast

Florida Earthquakes Really Navy Explosives Off Coast
Florida earthquakes were tests from the Navy. (Photo by National Earthquake Information Center)

FLAGLER COUNTY – The U.S. Navy’s testing of combat ships has Florida’s Atlantic coast worried about earthquakes.

On September 4, they apparently conducted a trial of their USS Milwaukee off of Flagler and Volusia County coastlines involving a 10,000-pound explosive charge.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, stated that sound waves from an explosion that is part of the U.S. Navy’s test of the USS Milwaukee registered on the U.S. Geological Survey seismographs as a 3.8 magnitude earthquake as far North as Kansas.

There is three test scheduled for the combat ship, and each will include a 10,000-pound explosive charge, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

The USS Milwaukee is a Freedom-class ship, intended for operations close to shore by the U.S. Navy. She was named Milwaukee, after the largest city in Wisconsin.

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About Tina Hodges
Tina Hodges moved to Sebastian with her family in 1980 and has lived in the area ever since. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became a full-time travel writer. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.
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