Alaska’s 7.9 earthquake on January 23 had a ripple effect. Within an hour of the quake, at 4:32 a.m. eastern time, groundwater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 3.500 miles away, dropped by an inch and a half. In the Big Bend area of Florida – on the west coast of the state – water in wells rose two inches.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the water level at a well near Fort Lauderdale fell from 1.42 feet to 1.31 feet. The water rise near Madison in the Big Bend area was from 41.59 feet to 41.77 feet. The levels went back to normal within an hour.
I had no idea this phenomenon could occur and learned it’s apparently not that rare:
The 9.0 quake in Japan in 2011 caused Florida’s water table from the Keys to Orlando to “quiver.”
In 2010, the earthquake in Haiti shook Florida’s groundwater.
The 1964 quake in Alaska, a 9.2, caused some of Florida’s water tables to rise by as much as 20 feet. The USGS notes that the same quake caused water level changed in 716 wells in the U.S.
In 1998, a 5.2 magnitude quake in northwest Pennsylvania rendered 120 wells dry for about three months.
In 2002, the 7.9 quake in Denali, Alaska caused a well in Wisconsin to rise 2 feet.
In Florida, the porous limestone is to blame. But this also seems to be part of the quantum idea that everything and everyone are connected.