Eleven earthquakes rock North Texas in less than 27 hours

January 2015GEOLOGYEleven earthquakes, three of them greater than a 3.0 in magnitude, rocked North Texas through Tuesday and Wednesday, knocking items off of walls, causing cracks to appear in ceilings and generally rattling nerves across the region. A lot of shaking going on in the state of Texas since Tuesday. On January 6th, around 11:02 p.m. there have been tat least ten earthquakes reported  in Texas, at least seven of those centered in or near the Irving area. The latest earthquake hit at 11:02 p.m. and was centered along the Dallas-Irving border just off Spur 482 east of the old Texas Stadium site. The sixth earthquake, just before 10 p.m., had a magnitude of 1.7. The seventh earthquake, the fifth to hit Irving in one day, registered 2.4. The shaking started early in the afternoon wit the first North Texas earthquake reported in Irving. The USGS later confirmed a second 3.5 magnitude quake near Snyder, about 230 miles west of Fort Worth. Then a third earthquake was confirmed near Irving again, just before 7 p.m. A fourth and fifth earthquake hit North Texas around 8:15 p.m.
The fourth quake was a 2.9 magnitude and the fifth registered 2.7, according to the USGS. Both were smaller than the third, and strongest, Irving quake that registered 3.6. That happened at 6:52 p.m. The second Irving quake was east of the first tremor, with the epicenter near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the USGS, spoke with NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and said while the Irving earthquakes happened only hours apart, given the strength and intensity, “we’re not calling it an aftershock.” At last count Tuesday night, there had been 22 earthquakes in the Irving area since November 1, 2014.The third earthquake is only the third in the DFW area, since 2008, to register 3.6 on the Richter Scale. The other two were in the Azle-area in November and December of 2013.
Some residents believe the implosion of Texas Stadium in 2010 may have exacerbated problems. There is also speculation the quakes might be related to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” an energy extraction technique that has a long history in north Texas. About 40 miles west of Irving, a series of small earthquakes rattled the town of Azle a year ago, causing sinkholes and cracks in house foundations. Residents blamed fracking and injection disposal wells for drilling waste as the cause but an official finding is still pending. Energy industry officials have said fracking is safe and causes no significant seismic damage.
People from Dallas to Irving, and Grapevine to Plano reported feeling the first 3:10 p.m. earthquake. The USGS confirmed that a quake registered at 3.5 magnitude was centered east-northeast of Irving. Physicist John Bellini with the USGS said earlier in the afternoon there should be little or no damage from quakes of this size. USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley says Tuesday’s quakes were the “largest since the earthquakes started happening there in the last year.” –CBS News
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7 Responses to Eleven earthquakes rock North Texas in less than 27 hours

  1. Joseph Sonny Skies says:

    Must be Dallas Cowboy fans stomping their feet after that playoff win!


  2. Irene C says:

    Hey Alvin, here’s an interesting bit of news I just read:

    Weather mystery: A stinky fog envelops Seattle
    SEATTLE — The fog that rolled in last night over Seattle was a sight to see…

    But not a sight to smell, apparently.

    Social media was full of reports last night around the heart of Seattle into Queen Anne, North Seattle and Capitol Hill of the fog smelling quite bad, with descriptions ranging from rotten egg to sewer to pulp mill…..Officials with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said there were no obvious registered sources in those areas that would make a sulfur smell.



    • Yellow Bird says:

      how interesting, Portland had an unusual fog last night too, after an absolutely AMAZING cloud show and sunset yesterday afternoon- pix are all over fb & instagram. no reports of a sulfurous stench in PDX, tho it has happened before. (here’s a post from a thread on GLP, winter 2011:
      “…we had the same thing in downtown portland oregon last winter every nite after 10pm almost for the entire winter…foggy stinky and fake/chemically smell.
      definitely got our attention & we felt under the weather all winterlong & are young & healthy…”

      nasty odor likely Sulfur Dioxide… emitting from what source?


      • The current odor situation in the Seattle area is different in a couple of ways from the Portland story. This is not an industrial chemical smell being emitted on a regular schedule, so manufacturing operations are an unlikely source. The smell is reported in a much larger area than just Seattle – running from Kitsap County east to the Seattle suburbs. It is following the Seattle fault zone. The smell is sulfur-like in nature.
        Reading the story below and other reports of sulfurous odors preceding large earthquakes has me checking my own preparations. I’m not going to wait for the ‘experts’ to tell me risk is heightened and end up like those poor people in L’Aquila did.



    • Sunflower says:

      Interesting link Irene. Methane release?


  3. Irene C says:

    @Yellowbird and Sunflower – When I was reading that some said it smelled like sulfur, I got concerned. Alvin posted an article some time ago about people in California complaining that they smelled sulfur too. (https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/rotten-smell-wreaks-havoc-across-southern-california/) The thought back then was possible volcanic activity underground. It’s one of many possibilities. Of course it could also be smells coming from the ocean with all the junk that floating around out there. I would prefer it being the smells over possible volcanic activity. IMO


    • Yellow Bird says:

      wow Irene, thanx for reviving that post- i just finished reading through all the comments and what a wealth of information! although i experienced plenty of shakers growing up in SoCA- some were big damaging ones (like Whittier Narrows)… i’d never before now heard of the Sulfur connection. i can’t remember whether rotten eggs preceded any of those earthquakes in the 70s-80s… L.A. was a smelly place even then, could be the smell occurred and i just never made a connection.
      i’ll certainly be paying attention whenever it happens from now on


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