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Are there fault lines in Florida?

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Although the presence of several faults in Florida has been suggested by some experts, there is no conclusive evidenceto verify the reliability of these claims. The general terrainand petrologiccomposition of the state intervenes with how some authorities characterize a fault.

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In terms of seismic activities, Florida is one of the states that least experiences earthquakes in the United States. Its location on the passive boundary of the North American Plate accounts for this low seismicity. In a period from 1879 to 1975, only five occurrences were categorized as possible earthquakes, as reported by researchers from the University of Florida. The most commonly associated faults are in the westernmost section of Florida that are located250 miles away. These are the seaward-facingfaults flankingthe northern portion of the Mexican Gulf.

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