Earthquake rumbles across Alabama

Folks like Ruby Self got an early morning awakening courtesy of an earthquake.
Folks like Ruby Self got an early morning awakening courtesy of an earthquake.

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ROCKFORD, AL (WSFA) - The town of Rockford got a little rocked early Tuesday morning, and Ruby Self felt every bit of it while lying in bed, all 5 seconds of a rumble she knew could not have come from an airliner.

"I was in bed and the floor and windows rattled. It was a sound I had not heard before," said Self.

Hundreds of others heard and felt the same thing but more than a few slept right through it including Self's daughter and 6-year old granddaughter.

"Mom asked me if I had heard the quake this morning and i said 'noooo,' said Tina Fuller.

"I think God is just letting us know He's still in control," Fuller surmises.

No damage in Rockford. The funny thing is Ruby Self and her granddaughter, Savannah, were just talking about earthquakes two days ago.

"She's in kindergarten and we were looking at a National Geographic program and she asked, 'Granny, earthquakes don't happen here, do they?' and I said, 'no we're not in the part of the country where an earthquake hits,' Self said at the time.

The earthquake centered about 4 miles north of Centerville in Bibb County with a depth of more than 3 miles below the earth's surface.

Dr. Rosine Hall, an Environmental Scientist at Auburn Montgomery, says there's nothing complicated about what happened this morning. What we don't know is whether this is an indicator of a few more shakes to come.

"The plates float around on the mantle and they scrape against each other and sometimes they get stuck," said Dr. Hall.

Back in Rockford Ruby Self has lived long enough to expect the unexpected. That now includes earthquakes anywhere, anytime.

Historical records show the first significant earthquake in Alabama occurred 1886 in west Alabama. No damage was recorded but another shock occurred 9 days later.