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4.9 Magnitude (MbLg) Earthquake

April 29 2003 at 9:24 AM
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A quake centered at approximately 34° 30' N, 85° 36' W with a depth of 5km hit slightly northeast of Fort Payne, AL just before 5 AM (EDT). Earthquakes such as this one are becoming more and more of an anachronism in this area, however, forces such as these are what caused the Appalachian uplift around 480 million years ago. Who knows, Alabama's highpoint, Cheaha Mountain (33° 29' N, 85° 48' W), may have undergone some mountain-building as did Idaho's highpoint in the 1983 Borah Earthquake!

Cheers!

Dan

 
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