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By Susy Solis & Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News

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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) - A series of three earthquakes rattled homes and nerves across North Texas over the weekend. The most recent quake hit just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Highway 183 and Carl Road in Irving. This is a short distance away from the 3.4-magnitude temblor that struck 24 hours earlier.

Irving resident Priscilla Barrientos was watching television when that first quake moved the ground. “I didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “I was scared.” According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the estimated epicenter was just feet from her apartment.

Several businesses and residents near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Rochelle Road in Irving also reported feeling the ground move, seeing televisions and tables shake, and hearing a loud noise. “We all got up and we ran outside and everybody was going and saying, ‘Did you guys feel that?” said Leslie Cordero.

And then, just four minutes after the first quake, a second 3.1-magnitude earthquake was felt. There were also tremors, but many went unnoticed by the public. Finally, a 2.1-magnitude quake hit on Sunday night.

Seismologists at Southern Methodist University in Dallas looked at the recorded data. As many area residents might guess, earthquakes are unusual in Texas, according to SMU seismologist Brian Stump. “There are faults here, they are small faults. They are not activated like the San Andreas Fault in California,” he said.

Although the quakes caused virtually no damage, they did leave North Texans shaken.

“They were relatively small events. You know, if we lived in California, this would be something that happens all the time,” Stump said.

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