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Two Minor Earthquakes Recorded in North Alabama




The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says two earthquakes hit North Alabama within hours of each other.


The first was in Stevenson along the Tennessee River near the Highway 117 bridge, and 16.6 miles away from the second-closet town of Scottsboro. The 1.9 magnitude quake happened at 7:51 p.m. Friday night.


The second was a 2.7 magnitude quake that hit Madison County early Saturday morning.


It happened at 5:16 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Elkwood Section Road and West Neeley Street, about four miles northwest of Hazel Green and 26.7 miles north of Huntsville.


The quake had a depth of about 43,000 feet.


Thankfully 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.


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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