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EMA talks about earthquakes in North Alabama

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Alabama lies between two seismic zones, and the closer one runes right through our area. (Source: MGN) Alabama lies between two seismic zones, and the closer one runes right through our area. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A number of powerful earthquakes jolted cities around the world in recent weeks. The latest happened Friday morning in Mexico. What's behind all these destructive quakes?

"You go through quiet periods and active periods," said Paige Colburn with the Madison County EMA. "A month ago, we were in a 4-month quiet period where we didn't have anything over 6.9."

While earthquakes are more likely to strike around the Pacific Rim, we wanted to know the likelihood of a major one happening in North Alabama.

"There is no history of large earthquakes over magnitude 5.0, there is no plate boundaries, so it is extremely unlikely that would happen," said Colburn.

Alabama lies between two seismic zones, and the closer one runes right through our area. While a powerful quake is unlikely, earthquakes themselves are not out of the question.

There was one that struck Fort Payne on April 29, 2003, a 4.9 quake. It didn't do any serious damage, but it certainly scared some people. It also wasn't something most were prepared for.

"The thing to know is to drop, cover, and hold on," said Colburn. "If you are outdoors, stay outside. If you are indoors, stay inside when you feel the ground shaking because the most likely way to get hurt is things falling."

Since earthquakes come with very little warning, it's a good idea to secure heavy items to the walls of your home and have a disaster supply kit ready.

"Always remember that text messages are easier to send after any kind of disaster, than a cell phone call because they require less bandwidth," said Colburn.

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