Navy causes earthquake-like explosion reported off coast of northeast Florida

Jessica Clark anchors. 9/7/2016

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla.—An explosion caused by the U.S. Navy off the coast of northeast Florida registered a magnitude of 3.8, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

This is not the first 'experimental explosion' reported off the Florida coast back in July - and another before that. Like the blast back then, this explosion was a 10,000-pound charge dropped near a littoral combat ship, a new vessel the Navy is testing.

The explosion was reported about 100 miles northeast of Flagler Beach, Fla.

This most recent 'full ship shock trial' was conducted by the Navy on the USS Milwaukee (LCS 6), says Navy spokesperson Capt. Thurraya S. Kent. The purpose of the test is to see if the new ships can survive exposure to an underwater shock. 

Three tests are scheduled for the ship over the next coming weeks, but the Navy says it's unable to give the exact dates and times as they are dependent on weather, marine mammal activity and the sea state. The first test was conducted Sept. 4.


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