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Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
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The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
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It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
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
"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
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.