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07/14/03

Quake Hits Coastal Empire

We hear about natural disasters all the time. But most of the time, we see tornados, hurricanes and severe thunderstorms. In Candler County yesterday, near Metter in Aline, they had something a bit unusual. A moderate earthquake. You don't hear about earthquakes in the southeast very often. It was a shock, even with those who'd seen one before.

Resident Sue Cobb says Aline is normally a quiet, peaceful place. That was until yesterday afternoon.

"We heard a loud rumbling, and it sounded like thundering but a little different," she recalled.

According to the US Geological Service, an earthquake struck the area. It measured 3.6 on the Richter Scale and it rattled windows and homes across the community. Folks in Aline say the closest they usually get to this kind of excitement is the annual Christmas parade.

"My husband came outside and wanted to know if I knew what it was," said Roxanna Cobb. "I thought it was thunder. That's what we thought and what it sounded like."

While some may have thought it was thunder, Billy Williams knew exactly what it was. He lived in California long enough to recognize a quake.

"To hear the rumble as long as we did and feel the ground shake as long as it did, we figured it wasn't thunder," he told us. "It was sure exciting enough."

Besides a few broken dishes and lamps, the quake didn't damage any homes. Still folks in Aline just hope they don't see that kind of excitement for a long long time. Earlier today, we talked with David Moore, the director of Candler County's Emergency Management Agency. He says no one reported any injuries or major damage.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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