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Small Earthquake Confirmed Near Burleson

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that a 2.6-magnitude earthquake shook the ground near Burleson shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.

According to a preliminary report, the earthquake reached a depth of 8.1 miles and was centered about three miles away from Burleson. No damage was reported.

Capt. Kevin Rodricks with the Fort Worth Police Department told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that 911 operators were flooded with phone calls from residents of southwest Fort Worth who reported “a loud bang, followed by tremors.”

“It shook the whole house,” said Tina Enriquez, who is used to earthquakes having grown up in California. “My husband came out of the back and said it felt like the whole house came up and slammed back down.”

Enriquez lives in southwest Fort Worth and said that the temblor lasted about two or three seconds. “It felt like an explosion,” explained the California native. “It was just a little tremble. But it’s still been a long time since I felt the ground rumble beneath me, and it was a little exciting.”

Another southwest Fort Worth resident, Mike Walls, said that the shaking was so mild that he didn’t even know it was an earthquake at first. “I’ve been in an earthquake before,” Walls said, “and it wasn’t anywhere near what I had experienced.” He compared it to the rumble you might feel if a large truck barreled in front of your house.

This is the latest in a string of earthquakes felt across North Texas. A 2.7-magnitude quake shook Midlothian in October. Another occurred on September 30, followed by two more on October 1 — all in the Irving area.

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