earthquakes | KERA News

earthquakes

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

[Note: This story aired in 2013.]

About 20 earthquakes jolted North Texas in November 2013 -- and they kept hitting Parker County and parts of Tarrant County in December 2013.

This follows dozens of small earthquakes that have hit parts of North Texas in recent years.

What’s causing all of the quakes?

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Earthquakes keep rocking Azle.

On Nov. 26, another earthquake jolted the small town in northwest Tarrant County. And on Nov. 29, yet another one hit nearby. About 20 quakes rattled North Texas in November -- five of them in or near Azle.

(Update: Another quake struck Dec. 3 in Reno, which is near Azle. The quake registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 3.6 quake struck near Azle Dec. 8. And a 3.7 quake hit near Mineral Wells Dec. 9.)

The minor earthquakes haven't caused significant damage, but residents in Azle are getting nervous and seismologists are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. 

Some point to natural gas drilling that’s happening in the Barnett Shale, a massive geological formation that covers about 20 North Texas counties.  But a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center says more testing is needed to make such a connection.

North Texas has had another earthquake in an area that's now recorded five quakes in the past week.
 
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3 magnitude earthquake happened at 1:43 a.m. Monday and was centered about 4 miles west of Azle.

Focus Features

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whether to buy Dallas Buyers Club, JFK and the Secret Service, a swarm of earthquakes, vicious Bears and more.

The U.S. Geological Service is still reporting earthquakes in spite on the government shutdown, and it logged one at about 8:30 Tuesday night in Ovilla, south of Dallas.

USGS reported the minor, 2.4 quake was centered off Ovilla Road, just east of Interstate 35.

Ovilla has about 3,400 residents and straddles the Dallas-Ellis county line.  Three people in neighboring Cedar Hill reported on the USGS website that they felt the teeny quake.

Another Texas Quake Raises Questions About 'Fracking'

Jan 23, 2013

Last night's 3.0 in Irving occurred near DFW airport where there is gas drilling activity. Recent small quakes in North Texas have led to studies about hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" and a possible connection to earthquakes.

With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees today, ERCOT -- the state’s electrical grid -- is asking people to conserve electricity.

The city of Dallas is reporting 10 mosquito pools testing positive for the West Nile Virus.

The latest is in Lake Highlands. Mosquito spraying trucks will be out Tuesday night in the neighborhood bounded by Royal, Skillman, Walnut Hill and Ferndale Road.

Michael Wheeler, with the city’s mosquito control team, is on the road testing for the virus. He says the infected insects are showing up very early this year.

“It’s about two months quicker than we usually get our positive results for West Nile virus,” said Wheeler.

The David Dewhurst campaign is discounting a new statewide poll that shows the Lt. Governor with just a single digit lead and headed for a likely run-off election in his bid for the US Senate race.

Matt Katzenberger / (cc) flickr

Another smaller earthquake hit East Texas Sunday. After Thursday’s second earthquake near Timpson, Texas  in Shelby County - in as many weeks -  injection wells from drilling are again a suspected culprit. Reports indicate more research is needed in East Texas to reach that conclusion, but even that might not be enough.

Dallas ISD

Dozens of upper-level DISD administrators could lose their jobs as new Superintendent Mike Miles restructures his leadership team.

The U.S. Postal Service has changed its mind about closing the Main Post Office at I-30 and Sylvan in Dallas.

The Postal Service had said it would move Dallas mail distribution and processing to Fort Worth.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says the consequences of that cost-cutting move were unacceptable.

Jenkins: "That would have resulted in ultimately the loss of over a thousand jobs. And of equal importance, it would have resulted in slow downs in our mail and hardships on everyone who uses the Post Office."

Matt Katzenberger / (cc) flickr

A strong, long 7.6 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico on Tuesday, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into the streets.

Passion Leica / (cc) flickr

One year ago Dallas’ Friendship City of Sendai, Japan, was counting the hundreds who were dead or missing. A ferocious earthquake and tsunami had demolished neighborhoods and swept away lives.

KERA broadcast letters from the people of Sendai as they struggled to recover. Today they’ve sent messages of thanks to North Texas through the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Tami Ishii joins KERA’s Shelley Kofler for this report.

A year ago Sunday the world shuddered as an earthquake and tsunami destroyed villages and lives in Japan. In the aftermath some 100,000 children were uprooted from their homes, some orphaned and traumatized.

KERA told you about the Japanese who came to Texas to learn how grief counseling might be used to help the children. Shelley Kofler has an update on how that trip is about to pay off.

Pages