Gulf earthquake reported south of Louisiana coast

Don Ames
May 06, 2018 - 1:25 pm

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico about 120 miles southeast of Grand Isle, or about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans just before noon Sunday.

The National Weather Service office in Slidell said there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake. 

4.5 is considered a 'light' quake with only those near the impact area feeling any effect.

According to the Richter Scale, a quake of the magnitude between 4.0 and 4.9 can cause "Noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises in the affected area. It may be felt slightly outside of that area."

The National Weather Service was trying to determine if anyone in Louisiana felt the earthquake.

The quake was reported on the United States Geological Survey website.

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