Posted July 04, 2019 06:12:23By Emily TullochAssociated Press – MIAMI (AP) With the first reported death from a Miami earthquake, the Associated Press has identified the earthquake that caused the largest natural disaster in the U.S. in decades as a magnitude 4.7.
The earthquake hit just before 1:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m., EDT) in the city of Miami, the nation’s fourth-largest, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) west of Orlando, Florida.
A second death was reported at about 3:45 a.d.
(3:45 p.d., EDT).
The Associated Press is not releasing details of the fatalities, including their identities.
Miami’s emergency operations center said it was investigating.
The Associated General Bureau said the quake was centred about 1.7 miles (2 kilometers) east of a power plant in the town of St. Augustine, which was in a zone of high seismic activity and had experienced three earthquakes in a row.
An AP reporter saw a man with a bloodied face on the ground in a parking lot of a building that housed the facility.
The man had apparently fallen from a roof and was bleeding, said the AP reporter.AP meteorologist Robert Smith said the earthquake appeared to be shallow and felt as though it was on a flat floor.
There were no reported injuries.
The Associated Press can’t independently verify the report.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it sent relief supplies to nearly 1,000 people who had been displaced by the quake.