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Small earthquake strikes just south of Huntsville on Halloween

AL.com logo AL.com 11/2/2020 Ramsey Archibald, al.com

A small earthquake struck just south of the Tennessee River in north Alabama Saturday evening, according to U.S. Geological Survey.

The magnitude-2.6 earthquake was detected in Morgan County, about five miles south of Redstone Arsenal and 15 miles south of Huntsville, just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The USGS considers earthquakes that small to be minor. As of 8 o’clock Sunday morning, nearly 400 people had reported feeling the quake to the USGS, according to their website.

This is the seventh earthquake to hit Alabama so far in 2020, according to data from the USGS. It’s tied for the third strongest to hit the state this year. The strongest was a magnitude-3.8 quake that struck just north of the Alabama-Florida border in September. That earthquake was the 13th-strongest ever to hit Alabama, according to the USGS.

A previous version of this story said the earthquake struck early Sunday morning. It actually struck Saturday evening.

Do you have an idea for a data story about Alabama? Email Ramsey Archibald at rarchibald@al.com, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyArchibald. Read more Alabama data stories here.

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