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3 years 5 months 1 week ago April 23, 2013 Apr 23, 2013 Tuesday, April 23 2013 April 23, 2013 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Earthquakes have made headlines in San Francisco, Anchorage and Mexico City. On April 22, 2009, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake was recorded near Centreville, Alabama, about 40 miles southwest of Birmingham. Another earthquake shook Birmingham on April 23, 2003, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale. Louisiana has experienced episodes of earthquakes. On October 19, 1930 one rattled Napoleonville with effects reported in Allemands, Donaldsonville, Franklin, Morgan City and White Castle. Residents reported overturned objects, shaken trees and cracked plaster. Other area quakes include a magnitude 3.8 reading near Greenville, MS on June 4, 1967. On November 19, 1958, one shook houses and rattled windows in Baton Rouge. As noted in previous columns, geologists at LSU note that the Baton Rouge fault is a growth fault, not resulting in measurable earthquakes.

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