2.6 Earthquake Hits Tuscaloosa & Jefferson Counties
Did you feel it? Last night at 11:26pm, an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale was reported. The USGS reports that it centered west of Oak Grove, near the point where Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties intersect.
Now, 2.6 on The Richter Scale is certainly not massive, but it is one that can certainly be felt. As explained by The USGS on their website:
"Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the west. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area more than ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. It would not be unusual for a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in eastern or central North America to be felt by a significant percentage of the population in many communities more than 100 km (60 mi) from its source. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake in eastern or central North America might be felt by much of the population out to more than 500 km (300 mi) from its source. Earthquakes east of the Rockies that are centered in populated areas and large enough to cause damage are, similarly, likely to cause damage out to greater distances than earthquakes of the same magnitude centered in western North America."
For more earthquake info you can access the article HERE