Ellis County Sees 3rd Earthquake Since Mid-June

WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A small earthquake rattled the crockery in a mostly rural area just south of Dallas, but cause no reported damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 3.0. The epicenter of the 2 a.m. Sunday quake was plotted about 13 miles west of Waxahachie near the Ellis County farming community of Venus.

Linda Taylor lives in Venus and said she was asleep when the earthquake hit. “It felt like something had bounced on my bed,” she recalled. It woke me up and I got up and I checked around ‘cause I thought, ‘well, this is really weird’.”

Taylor said it wasn’t until the next morning that she realized what had happened. “When I went to church, the next morning, I had several people ask me ‘did you feel the earthquake?’ and I thought oh my gosh, that’s what that was!”

Geophysicist Paul Caruso says a quake with a magnitude of at least 5.5 would cause major damage. He tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that “there might be some cracks in sidewalks and houses may have been shaking a little (but) we don’t expect damage from this” 3.0 quake.

Police as far away as Cleburne report getting calls asking what the shaking was all about.

The quake was the third since mid-June in Ellis County. A magnitude 2.7 quake was detected June 12, and a 2.4 quake was recorded June 25.

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One Comment

  1. NiteNurse says:

    One has to believe all this natural gas drilling has something to do with these quakes.

    1. duane5000 says:

      We’re sitting on a very large fault line. It was just a matter of time before we saw some activity. Also, water is pumped into those wells to force the gas upward. there isn’t a void or hole left afterward; Not any more of a hole than they found to begin with.

  2. Lyn C. Cromwell says:

    I was up late last night sitting at my computer in Garland, TX. I live near the intersection of Galaxie and Apollo Roads. This is about one half mile South and one half mile East of the intersection of Arapaho and Jupiter Roads. I felt the earth quake. I know how what one feels because I also experienced one of similar magnitude in college while sitting in my dorm room at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

    This will give seismologists an idea for breath of impact.

    If seismologists or anyone else need more information, my e-mail is below

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