Two Earthquakes Shake Alabama

Two earthquakes have been confirmed in north Alabama this weekend, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). There were no reports of damage or injury.

Both quakes occurred in the Southern Appalachian Seismic Zone, an active earthquake area running along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina into northwest Georgia and north and middle Alabama.  The first quake, magnitude 1.9, was recorded Friday night at 6:51 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). The closest town was Stevenson at 3.3 miles away, Scottsboro was the second-closest town at 16.6 miles away.  At about 4:16 a.m. CST Saturday, a second quake with a 2.6 magnitude was recorded 3.7 miles northwest of Hazel Green, and 26.7 miles north of Huntsville.

According to the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA), the strongest recorded earthquake in Alabama hit on Oct. 18, 1916, registering a 5.2. That one, which originated in Shelby County, knocked down chimneys, broke windows and shook frame houses in the Irondale area, GSA said.

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