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Southern Quake

Aired April 29, 2003 - 06:03   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: We want to talk more about this earthquake, because it was just so darned unusual, and we've literally been getting hundreds of e-mails from people who felt it.
We want to bring in Professor Tim Long from Georgia Tech. He's on the phone with us right now.

Good morning.

TIM LONG, GEORGIA TECH: Good morning.

COSTELLO: So, how unusual is this?

LONG: Not terribly unusual. The southeast Tennessee seismic zone, which actually extends from that area up towards Knoxville, is probably the second-most active area in the Eastern United States.

COSTELLO: So, did...

LONG: We have events like this about every 10 to 20 years.

COSTELLO: And they're never very serious, are they?

LONG: So far, they have not been serious. There is the potential for a larger event, though.

COSTELLO: So, there is a potential for a larger event, because many people are quite frightened that this happened to them this morning.

LONG: It was felt widely. These earthquakes in this area are typically deeper-focused. That is, they're down 20 to 30 kilometers in the earth's crust, so they're felt over a wide area but not as strongly as some other types of earthquakes in this area.

COSTELLO: Understand. Did you feel it yourself?

LONG: Actually, I did feel it, yes. And our animals felt it.

COSTELLO: And your animals felt it. So, tell us about it.

LONG: It was just a slow rumbling vibration, just everybody woke up.

COSTELLO: All right, Dr. Long, thanks for joining us. Professor Tim Long from Georgia Tech joining us by phone.

And, yes, it was an earthquake you felt in the Southeast. It wasn’t your imagination.

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