Monday, March 10, 2014
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Cuba/Florida Keys

Earthquake in Cuba felt in Keys

A fourth aftershock from an earthquake that occurred in Cuba two months ago was felt Sunday in parts of the Florida Keys.

The Miami Herald reports that Sunday morning's 4.7-magnitude quake that struck about 17 miles northwest of Corralillo, Cuba was the fourth aftershock from the original 5.0 quake in Cuba on Jan. 9.

Sunday's quake was felt in the Lower and Middle Keys, and was not strong enough to cause damage there or in Cuba, according to The Associated Press.

"I wasn't even sure it was an earthquake," Casa Marina employee Milena Donaldson told the Sun Sentinel. "I thought I might have imagined it."

The quake that occurred at 7:12 a.m. felt like "a slight vibration" at the Key West resort, Donaldson said.

Officials at the National Earthquake Information Center said the other three aftershocks were not as strong as Sunday's quake, and that only one -- on Feb. 4 -- produced reports in Cuba of light shaking.

KEY WEST

KW on Food Network

Three Key West restaurants are the focus of an upcoming episode of The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

The Key West episode will air for the first time at 10 p.m. Friday with additional airings to be announced.

Fieri, the population television chef, visited D.J. Clam Shack, Garbo's Grill and Bad Boy Burrito. The film crew spent several days in town, and filmed footage of Key West residents and visitors at each restaurant.

KEY LARGO

Refuge will fine cat owners

Officials at a federal wildlife refuge in the Florida Keys are going to start issuing fines to the owners of cats repeatedly found within its boundaries.

U.S. wildlife officials have partly blamed cats for the dwindling populations of endangered species, such as the Key Largo wood rat in the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge manager Jeremy Dixon hopes the fines encourage pet owners to keep their cats indoors. Owners will first get a warning. Then they'll get a $175 fine.

Dixon says many of the cats come from a nearby gated community that is home to hundreds of stray cats.

Some residents dispute that claim.