Navy responsible for false ‘Earthquake’ reports off Florida coast

USS Jackson during one of its three scheduled full-ship shock trials that completed on June 10, 2016. (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)

On Saturday, seismographs across the United States and Caribbean detected serious movement that resulted in the U.S. Geological Survey reporting a 3.7 magnitude “earthquake” off the coast of Daytona Beach, Florida.

In reality, the disturbance was likely not an earthquake but the U.S. Navy conducting shock trials.  According to Daytona’s News Journal, “The Navy had notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service that another shock trial was going to be conducted between July 16 and July 20, depending on the weather.”

The Navy has not officially taken credit for the most recent reported earthquakes, but a public information officer for the Navy’s Sea Systems Command in Washington said, the Navy is expecting to release an official statement this week.

The Navy has released a photo of a shock trial that took place in the same location last month on June 10th.  On that same day the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.7 magnitude “earthquake” -the same as reported on Saturday.

According to the permit from the Fisheries Service for Navy Maneuvers, the shock trials on Navy vessels off the coast Jacksonville -ninety five miles north of Daytona Beach- could use a 10,000-pound charge and a 40,000-pound charge.

The USS Jackson, which underwent shock trials last month, is a one of the new Navy Independence class of littoral combat ships and will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasure operations around the globe.

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