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November 14, 2012

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – When it comes to earthquakes, the “big one” could be coming soon, and we’re not talking about California or some place overseas.

Many people don’t realize north Alabama lies in the impact zone of the New Madrid fault line, a sleeping giant that is approximately 20 times larger than California’s famed San Andreas fault. The biggest earthquake in U.S. history happened in the New Madrid seismic zone in 1812, and in just the last few weeks, activity along the fault line is starting to heat up. An earthquake centered in eastern Arkansas rattled residents in multiple states in late October, making the quake the largest in the NMSZ in several years.

A recent earthquake study conducted by FEMA rated 12 Alabama counties as code critical, with those in northwest Alabama at highest risk of a New Madrid event. Geologists and other earthquake experts assessed the potential impact on Alabama in…

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  1. flyingcuttlefish permalink
    November 22, 2012 11:49 am

    Reblogged this on The Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle and commented:
    From Nov. 14 . . . (missed it)

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