FLOMATON, Ala. (WALA) -- Scientists have measured three earthquakes near Flomaton in southwest Alabama in a 24 hour period.
The quakes, which registered on instruments Thursday, measured (from the most recent) 2.6, 2.8 and 2.5 on the Richter scale.
Earthquakes from 2.5 to 5.4 on that scale are often felt but only cause minor damage, according to online resources. Some 30,000 such quakes are recorded in the world each year, according to seismologists.
The Richter scale measures the maximum amplitude of seismic waves as they reach seismographs.
According to the earthquake tracker at earthquaketrack.com, Flomaton has experienced eight earthquakes in the past year, with a 3.1 quake being recorded about a month ago.
More information about earthquakes in Alabama can be found on the Geological Survey of Alabama's website.