Hello Bill, we actualy had one in Alabama that shook me out of bed (exageration
) not to long ago. http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional/?stories/0429earthquake.html
Rare Southern quake near Georgia-Alabama
state line rattles several states; 4.5 magnitude
The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered in northern
Alabama rattled windows and bookshelves around the South early
The rare Southern quake, which occurred at about 5 a.m., was centered
near the Alabama-Georgia line, 27 miles northwest of Rome, Ga.,
according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site.
The quake was felt as far away as North Carolina and Kentucky.
Emergency officials said they had not heard any reports of serious
In Atlanta, about 160 miles from the epicenter, the quake moved dishes
and pictures on shelves.
"My whole house shook, I could feel the whole wave go north to south,"
said Barry Goodno, a Georgia Tech structural engineering professor who
specializes in earthquakes. "Everything was rattling through the room. It
was not what I expected in Georgia.
"It's the kind of motion that could weaken structures or cause further
damage," Goodno said. "It's not something to be overlooked. This could be
a precursor, it could be a one-time release of energy, it could be an
indication of things to come for several weeks."
Carolyn Parker of Gadsden, Ala., says the earthquake lasted about 45
seconds and woke her up.
"At first I thought it was like thunder," she told WSB-TV. "Then it was a lot
heavier. It rattled the windows.
"My husband jumped out of bed. He said he thought it was like the end of
the world or something. He ran outside."
Nick Jebeles of Remlap, Ala., said he and his wife also were awakened.
"I went out on my back porch because I thought it was a tornado, but the
weather was fine," he said.
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