Dateline Alabama August 11, 1959:
Years ago my grandmother woke up in the middle of the night because she felt her bed shaking. Startled, she sat up, but it wasn’t the bed that was shaking, it was the house, or more accurately the earth under the house. She was experiencing the tremors of an earthquake. Yes, an earthquake…IN ALABAMA.
Now mind you, the house was not violently swaying, but there was definite movement; and while this type of thing may be expected out west, one doesn’t associate the Heart of Dixie with seismic activity. Hurricanes, Yes. Tornadoes, Yes. Earthquakes, NO!
Yet the fact is, Alabama has experienced a number of earthquakes over the years, including a small one that occurred on this date in 1959. Centered around Huntsville, Alabama, the tremors were felt for miles. At the time, many residents of the area thought that the tremors were related to military testing on Redstone Arsenal, and while the movement was frightening, no real damage was reported (except to canned goods that were jolted from pantries and store shelves).
I guess I’m going to have to start preparing for another possible natural disaster. Who knew Alabama was such a dangerous place to live?!?
For more information about Alabama’s earthquakes check out Kaley Kazeks 2015 Al.com article entitled 11of Alabama’s Worst Earthquakes and The Geologic Survey of Alabama’s webpage https://gsa.state.al.us/gsa/geologic/hazards/earthquakes/alquakes.