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Ellis County Sees 3rd Earthquake Since Mid-June

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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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