Quake Shakes South Alabama

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

No damage or injuries are reported from a minor earthquake that shook a southwest Alabama county early Tuesday morning, but some residents said they were roused out their shaking beds and dishes were falling out of cabinets.

Faye Cotten, the mayor of Coffeeville, said everything in her house was shaking and, at one point thought her roof was falling in.

The U.S. Geological Survey Center reported the three-point-three magnitude earthquake occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m.

The epicenter was reportedly 25 miles north-northwest of Jackson, Ala., near the small west Clarke County town of Coffeeville.

Cotten said about 15 or 20 of the town's about 360 residents called City Hall to report waking up because of the shaking. The mayor said the tremor initially felt like the boom from an airplane breaking the sound barrier.

Clarke County emergency management officials checked roads in the area for problems that might have been caused by the quake.


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