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Earthquake Hits Eagle Mountain Lake Area

Madeline Schmitt | CBSDFW.com |
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A seismologist notes data on a seismograph. (credit: Getty Images/Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

A seismologist notes data on a seismograph. (credit: Getty Images/Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN (CBSDFW.COM) - A 2.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Eagle Mountain area at 2:55 p.m. on Jan. 11.

The quake was pin pointed at 32.88°N 97.49°W, which coordinates to Eagle Mountain Lake near Twin Points Park.

Those who experienced the tremor might have seen a few waves on the lake.

Saturday’s quake marks 25 in the North Texas area, particularly Parker County, since the rumbling began in November 2013.

Many residents attribute the surge of quakes to gas and oil drilling near their homes. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is often blamed, which involves injecting wastewater from drilling into deep underground wells.

On Jan. 1, the frequency of the unwanted quakes pushed Azle residents hold a town hall meeting with the Texas Railroad Commissioner, who oversees drilling statewide.

But residents became upset when their questions about the issue were not answered. However, only a few days after the unsuccessful meeting, a seismologist was hired by the Railroad Commission to investigate the tremors.

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