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Georgia seisometer records strong Indonesia quake

Georgia seisometer records strong Indonesia quake

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A seisometer located in northwest Georgia recorded Tuesday's magnitude 7.3 earthquake which was centered off the west coast of Indonesia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The seismograph, located at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, recorded the strong quake and a few aftershocks from half a world away.

The quake's epicenter was pinpointed 262 miles west of the city of Banda Aceh, and 18 miles below the surface in the Bay of Bengal, the Geological Survey states.

Local television stations early Wednesday morning, Indonesia time, reported no signs of tsunami waves in the hours which followed. A tsunami warning was issued and later cancelled. The quake occurred at 1:37 p.m. Atlanta time.

A few near magnitude 5 earthquakes occurred just south of today's activity last week.

 

(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia for NBC Atlanta's 11Alive.com.

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Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man suspected of cashing counterfeit checks at several Walmart stores throughout metro Atlanta.

The unidentified man has struck stores in Acworth, Alpharetta, Cartersville, Cumming, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Woodstock so far, according to Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Howard Baker. So far, he has cashed 10 checks for a total of about $7,000.

The account numbers on the fake checks have been traced back to a bank account at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Alabama. Cherokee Sheriff's investigators are working with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office on this investigation.

Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office at 205-464-8646.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Daphne

ADOPT A PET: Meet Daphne

 

ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a companion for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

ATLANTA -- Thick fog reduced visibility across central and north Georgia, leading to a dense fog advisory for much of the state.

The National Weather Service said the dense fog advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Monday.

The advisory covered most of the state, including all of metro Atlanta.

Cities included in the advisory included Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega and Blairsville in the northern part of the state. Officials said the advisory also covered Americus, Athens, Columbus, Dublin, LaGrange, Macon and Vidalia.

The weather service said visibility would be reduced to less than a quarter-mile, and rapid drops in visibility would make travel treacherous on roads.

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Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

ATLANTA -- Now that Christmas is over, it's time to think of ditching your tree.  Georgia's tree recycling program is hoping you'll keep them in mind this weekend.

Bring One for the Chipper has recycled millions of trees over the past two decades.  

Mulch from the trees has been used on playgrounds, beautification projects and private lawns across the state.

For details on where to donate your tree or get free mulch after Christmas, check Keep Georgia Beautiful's website.

2012 Spring / Summer Consigment Sales

2012 Spring / Summer Consigment Sales

Spring / Summer 2012 Consignment Sales will be here before we know it. If you’re planning to consign, it’s almost time to register.

We’ll post again with actual sale information as they get closer, but mark your calendar now with these important dates.


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WILDERNESS JOURNEY'S ~ Free 1 Hour Webcast

WILDERNESS JOURNEY'S ~ Free 1 Hour Webcast

 

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This FREE 1 hour webcast will provide you with an opportunity to be a part of this 12 week web group (to begin in February) that meets bi-weekly through the magic of "web-conferencing" to establish and discuss progress on personal and business goals.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 – 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.