It has been more than two months since South Florida experienced a powerful earthquake, and experts say it is only a matter of time before a similar magnitude quake occurs again.
South Florida seismologists say that while they cannot pinpoint a cause for the quake, they have a good idea of what’s causing it.
In March, a 7.8-magnitude quake rocked South Florida, triggering a series of tremors that left a trail of destruction and death along the coast.
The epicenter was in the city of South Point, just east of Fort Myers.
Since then, a second quake has been registered as having an even stronger aftershock, at magnitude 6.7, that has left at least 15 dead.
And another 6.1-meltahole earthquake has been recorded in the area.
But experts say that a lot of the damage is still happening.
South Point, which was home to many people during the 1980s and early 1990s, was destroyed by another 8.6-mach quake in 2013, and another 5.5-mild earthquake last year, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
A 5.3-miles-per-hour earthquake struck on Oct. 6 in Boca Raton.
And in June, a magnitude 6 temblor rocked Fort Myers, and the Florida Keys were placed on the National Seismic Hazard Scale.
That’s a measure of potential damage.
But a lot has changed in the last decade, and while it’s possible for earthquakes to trigger a similar aftershock again, there’s little to suggest a repeat of the deadly 2013 event.
“There’s not a lot to go on in terms of where we’re headed with this,” said David Whelan, a professor of seismic seismology at the University of South Florida.
He said that while South Florida’s seismic data is still sparse, he thinks we’re seeing a more common aftershock.
The region’s most powerful earthquakes are all within about 1 to 3 miles of the epicenter, he said.
But even if the area is less than 1 mile from the epicentre, he noted that the quake has already caused significant damage.
“You’re talking about $200 million in damage,” he said, noting that the area has a population of about 1.5 million.
“It’s going to take some time to rebuild.
And if it does, it’s going be a long time before we see another aftershock.”
Whelan said that we need to take a long, hard look at our infrastructure.
“The people who live in this area, and they’re working very hard, are the ones who are going to suffer the most.”
There are two types of aftershocks in South America: those that occur near the epicency, and those that strike the Earth at a very low velocity, as opposed to moving at high speeds.
That difference in velocity causes earthquakes to occur in more remote areas of the continent.
In the case of the South Florida quake, there was no seismic activity at the time of the quake.
But experts say this could be the second time South Florida has experienced a massive earthquake.
A major quake in Colombia in February, which triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 700 people, caused damage that was twice as great as what was recorded in South Beach.
In May, a major quake that struck near Fort Myers also caused an aftershock that was 4.5 times stronger than what was registered in the vicinity of South Beach, according the National Weather Service.
Experts say that the South Beach earthquake may be the most significant to date because it occurred within about 30 miles of Fort Lauderdale.
That means South Florida will likely have to brace itself for a similar quake, as well as a smaller one that occurs later this month in Fort Myers and a much larger one that hits the coast later this year.
The first quake of the new year is expected to be even stronger than the South Miami quake.
“The next big one that happens in a couple of weeks is going to be about 2.5 or 3 magnitude.
It could be as big as magnitude 5.
The South Florida earthquake will probably trigger a huge aftershock,” said Dr. David Whetstone, a scientist with the University at Buffalo’s Seismological Laboratory.
It’s hard to predict exactly what a future earthquake will look like, but scientists say that once the aftersharks start hitting, it won’t be long before South Florida is under a new wave of earthquake.
“We have seen many smaller earthquakes, but we’ve also seen earthquakes that are quite large.
It’s just going to continue to happen over time,” said Whetstones professor of geophysics and volcanology.
Whetstone said that he is optimistic about a strong aftershock as soon as this year, although he said that there are still uncertainties.
“I don’t think we’re there yet, but the data we have right now suggests that we are,” he told FoxNews.com.He