DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Two 3.7 magnitude earthquakes off of Florida's east coast detected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on June 10 and July 16, 2016, were actually planned explosions by the U.S. Navy to "shock test" naval vessels.
The above picture release by the U.S. navy shows the June 10 explosion that was the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials in the Atlantic Ocean. The shock trials are designed to demonstrate the ship's ability to withstand the effects of the nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability.
The U.S. Navy is expected to release a more detailed statement regarding the explosions later this week, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
A veterinarian was aboard the test vessel to ensure the safety of marine mammals.
“We take the safety and security of marine mammals seriously,” Capt. Thurraya Kent, a spokesperson for the Navy’s acquisition directorate, told Defense News. “We have to keep in mind migration patterns in addition to the other variable of sea state and weather. We also have additional lookout, more than you would normally have when you’re out to sea. We do not conduct test shots if a marine mammal is in the proximity.” The USGS has since revised the quake as an 3.7 Magnitude 'Experimental Explosion' by the U.S. Navy.
MELBOURNE, Florida - A Melbourne police officer was hit by a truck driven by a fleeing suspect early Monday morning.
Just after 1 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, a traffic stop was attempted on a black Ford Sport Track Truck that had been reported stolen from Rockledge Police Department in the area of Lipscomb Street and University Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida.
The driver of the Ford failed to stop and accelerated east on University Boulevard to US-1. Stop sticks were then deployed at Brevard Avenue and US-1. The driver changed lanes to avoid the stop sticks and drove directly at a police officer - striking him.
The Ford continued westbound on Brevard Drive and north on Babcock Street where the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver was used to stop the vehicle. The Ford then spun around and rolled over.
Two occupants were removed from the vehicle and the driver was later identified as 26-year-old Octavius Merrill Weaver. Both occupants were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. Weaver was evaluated and released into the custody of the Melbourne Police Department where he was charged with attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
The injured officer was also treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
TITUSVILLE, Florida - Hundreds of residents from North Brevard County attended at a rally to support their local law enforcement officers Sunday night. The event, sponsored by the The Church is One in North Brevard Pastor's Prayer Group, was an opportunity for the community to come together to express their appreciation for the strong, longstanding partnership between law enforcement in North Brevard and its citizens.
Several local pastors lead the crowd in prayer for the community, focusing on everyone continuing to work together during the recent violent events that have unfolded across the United States.
"Words cannot express how much this turnout means to the men and woman of our department," said Titusville Police Chief John Lau who praised the outstanding teamwork in the North Brevard Community. "The support we get from our Citizens, City Council, and our City Manager is second to none."
The crowd, estimated to be at several hundred, wore t-shirts with Titusville Police Department and Brevard County Sheriff's Office patches. Members of the Titusville Fire & Emergency Services were also present to show support at the event.
The show of support to local law enforcement was in stark contrast to some of the anti-police protests that have been covered on national news outlets recently.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is reporting that an earthquake of around Magnitude 3.7 occurred 104 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, at 8:00 p.m. Universal Time (4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 3.1 miles deep below the Atlantic Ocean floor.
No tsunami threat (also known as a tidal wave or seismic wave) to Florida occurred as a result of this earthquake.
Although Florida is not usually considered to be a state subject to earthquakes, several minor shocks have occurred there. Only one of these caused damage in 1879, according to the USGS.
BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The number of cases of the Zika virus that have been confirmed on Florida's Space Coast increased by 150% on Tuesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in Brevard County, Florida from four to six.
BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - Radial announced its plan to hire an additional 3,200 workers in Merritt Island and Melbourne, Florida, to support a 10-fold increase in demand during the upcoming holiday season. Radial helps retailers and brands meet their customers' needs while delivering a seamless shopping experience.
Radial operates customer care centers on Florida's Space Coast in Melbourne and Merritt Island that are in need of workers to help support its retail clients. Through peak season and everyday interactions, Radial employees will be trained to represent brands and retailers of all sizes, and cultivate a base of loyal, happy customers. This includes:
1. Leveraging technology that defines the gold standard of customer care, from phone to chat;
2. Handling customer issues that drive sales, as well as satisfaction;
3. Keeping response times short and customer satisfaction scores high; and
4. Achieving higher customer satisfaction scores than competitors and industry benchmarks.
"The holidays are a highly anticipated time for families and the busiest time of year for retail. Radial works behind the scenes to ensure our clients are exceeding their customers' expectations year round, and particularly during the holiday season," said Ricardo Layun, General Manager, North American Customer Care, at Radial.
"We're adding thousands of workers across our network so consumers get their orders when and where they want, and get the service they expect of a seamless shopping experience. Radial is focused on service and customer convenience, and we're looking for people who are excited about working with some of the world's favorite brands."